so you can kill your child, but I can’t

There’s a very interesting story happening in Kaukauna, WI, a small town 16 miles south of here. Manishkumar Patel is accused of causing an abortion by spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with RU-486. He’s being prosecuted in Outagamie County, under Wisconsin’s fetal homicide law. Those are the facts.

So, what do you think so far? If he really did it, the guy should be nailed. Life in prison. Death sentence maybe. You damn right!

But hold on a second. Let’s think about this a bit. First of all, what’s a fetal homicide law? Well, it’s a state law that gives legal status to a fetus, no matter how far along it is. The fetus has such rights beginning at conception. It’s application? Well, you’ve heard about cases where a guy kills a pregnant woman, and is charged with double murder. Such laws provide for such a charge. Last year (2006), Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia joined Wisconsin and several dozen other states to enact such a law.

This makes sense right? If you kill an unborn baby, you should be held responsible. Ooh, wait, stop. What did I just say? “If you kill an unborn baby, you should be held responsible.” Are you thinking along with me here? Stop and think. Patel gave his girlfriend the RU-486 drug to kill the fetus. He’s up for murder. What if his girlfriend took the drug herself?

Yep, you’re thinking with me. If she takes the drug, it’s an abortion, very legal in the U.S. If he gives her the drug…murder. You can kill your child, but I can’t.

I don’t know what’s going to happen to Manishkumar Patel. He’ll probably be convicted an punished accordingly. But what the hell are we doing folks? What is going on in this country? If 4 out of 5 states have a fetal homicide law, doesn’t that show that most Americans are in favor of a law making abortion illegal? And it’s not just a slight majority. 80% of states have this law. 80%. Isn’t it about time that we overturn the Roe v Wade decision?