Abortion and Death Penalty

Life and Poetry Aug 29, 2022

"Never take something that you know you can never return" is a principle that I believe both individuals and the world should abide by. This becomes particularly important when the taker has not obtained or is unable to obtain consent from the possessor, a concept that certainly applies to two of today's global dilemmas.

Let's talk about the death penalty first. We all know of the many instances where innocent people were locked up in jail for years, only to be proven not guilty. There have also been numerous cases where it was used against political opponents and journalists who were simply trying to fight for what they believed is true and just.

Some supporters of the death penalty have suggested that it can be used to reduce corruption and crime, but I believe it would only make a marginal difference. No one truly desires a life behind bars, but the greater concern lies in the power it grants to those in authority to permanently silence their opponents. I don't see a significant difference for those living outside of prison either; they won't be coexisting with a person sentenced in court, even if that individual spends their life behind bars rather than in peace.

I believe that societies against the death penalty could apply it only to citizens of countries that would do the same if their citizens were convicted in the opposing country. This approach could facilitate better negotiations. While it may not totally stop death penalty in foreign countries, it would certainly promote equality between the two nations and save the citizens of countries that condemn it from facing such practices overseas if convicted.

Next is the topic of abortion. Discussing this might be challenging for me as I am not a woman. I believe it is selfish for a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy, as the child is unable to think for itself or give consent. The simplest answer is that we don't know if a child would prefer to live or die once it reaches the age of decision-making. It is definitely wrong for any of us to assume what that child would want.

I do think that governments should assist mothers who would pledge to place their child for adoption after 9 months, similar to how indigent families receive assistance from the government. However, this support maybe be limited to victims of sexual assault to avoid taxpayers taking on someone else's responsibility for wrongdoing.

In a critical situation where a choice must be made between the mother and the baby, I support choosing either one, as both lives are at stake.

The opinion expressed in this article is mine. While I believe I am right, I acknowledge that I am not always correct, just like everyone else. It's important to keep the conversation going without hostility towards those who don't share the same views so that we can all learn from each other.

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