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Arbitrary Fiat

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Posted by Brian E. Sloan on April 8, 2001 18:31:54 UTC

I was watching the co-head of NOW [National org. of women] on Fox News the other night trying to explain to the interviewer why Congress should not pass a law making the murder of an unborn fetus a capital crime. That is, when a murderer kills a pregnant woman, why shouldn't the penalty reflect the fact that two lives were taken.

The obvious dillemma for her and others who maintain the woman's "right" to terminate a pregnancy for the sake of convienence, is that a consequence of such a law would be to lend credence to the fact that the fetus is indeed human. She went as far as to accuse the perpitraitors of the bill of having a hidden agenda, which of course, is true.

The hidden agenda issue aside, I am becoming more convinced every day that one of the results of the elevation of man's ability to reason [apart from God] is entirely unreasonble.

If we are unable to provide a coherent definition of what constitutes life, what is left, besides arbitrary fiat? Therefore life, rather than being rightfully cherished, becomes a disposable commododity, at the whim of the majorities opinion.

And how do you say they are wrong?

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