The Oregon Catholic Conference has decided that it can’t support a law that would provide protection for unborn children against violent crime because it might also expand the death penalty.
Once again, the legality of the death penalty is a prudential judgment, entailing a society’s view of justice and self-defense against murderers and rapists. But unborn children are absolutely innocent of any crime and should be protected by society. I’ve said before that I don’t think we need the death penalty in the US at this time, but I don’t agree on making legal protections for the unborn conditional on ending the death penalty. It’s just not right.