Sunday, April 20, 2003
No respect for "choice": The National Organization for Women has once again demonstrated that despite its claim that it is "pro-choice" what it really is is pro-abortion. The head of the Morris County (N.J.) NOW chapter is objecting to prosecuters seeking a double-murder charge in the case of Laci Peterson, the 8-months pregnant Modesto, Calif., woman allegedly murdered by her husband.
"If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder," Morris County NOW President Mavra Stark said on Saturday.
The truth of the matter is that the child had a name. Laci, the mother, the woman, wanted the child. Stark should support the second murder charge, because the murderer (whoever it was, probably her husband) took away her choice.
"He was wanted and expected, and (Laci Peterson) had a name for him, but if he wasn't born, he wasn't born. It sets a kind of precedent," Stark said, adding that the issue was "just something I've been ruminating on."
Listen, Ms. Stark, don't think.
The legislative affairs director of New Jersey Right To Life, Marie Tasy, has it exactly right.
"The argument that (fetal homicide statutes) would interfere with abortion rights is ridiculous," Tasy said. "These groups are so radical that they would deny recourse to a family for the loss of a wanted child."
The vast majority of the American people, based on poll after poll regarding abortion, are far closer to the pro-life movement than they are to Stark's "a fetus has zero worth until it is born" position.
One wonders what Stark's position would be if the murderer had cut the child from Laci's body before or after her death before tossing him into the bay with his mother. Would that act be enough to warrant the double-murder charge? Just how gruesome does a murder have to be before Stark will come to her senses?