The Point

The Point: A Deadly Double Standard


John Stonestreet

Our schizophrenic laws are tragic and deadly. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Last month, the American legal system dealt with the deaths of two children in two very different ways. A 17-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—after weeks of wrangling between the ACLU and Trump administration—was allowed to leave a Texas detention center to get an abortion. A federal appeals court ruled that the girl could end the life of her unborn child.

Many cheered the decision.

At the same time, an Iowa couple was charged with murder after they allegedly left their 4-month-old son alone in his baby swing for more than a week. This case, said the county sheriff in charge, went “far beyond neglect,” showing “extreme indifference to human life.”

A Des Moines Register columnist pointed out the inconsistency of treating the two children—just months apart in development—completely differently.

And He’s right. Legal abortion has led to contradictory laws that draw moral distinctions where they just don’t exist.


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