What "Pro-Life" means
Alabama has given us all a window into the mind of a modern Republican.
These are Republican values in 2019.
The government of Alabama just decided that providing an abortion to a 12-year-old girl who was raped by her father is a more serious crime than raping a 12-year-old girl.
On Wednesday, Governor Kay Ivey enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States. Under its provisions, performing an abortion on someone who has been pregnant for more than six weeks is a Class A felony, carrying a minimum sentence of ten years in prison, no matter how said person became pregnant. Statutory rape and incest, meanwhile, remain Class C felonies — carrying a minimum prison sentence of just over one year.
77 percent of voters nationwide felt abortion should be legal in cases of rape and incest during the first trimester of pregnancy. Alabama felt it was their duty to not give in to the wishes of the vast majority of the citizens of the country and 2/3rd of their state.
Texas considered going even further, but backed off at the last moment.
Anti-choice politicians are pushing a bill that would allow women who obtain abortion care to be given the death penalty.
Seriously. We're not joking. This is not okay. https://t.co/Qq23QvDfEJ
— NAF (@NatAbortionFed) April 10, 2019
“if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
- Senate nominee Todd Akin
It's OK for Alabama because they are doing it out of a deep love of life.
The very next day those very same lovers of life put a man to death.
But for Ivey, the bill is not political but metaphysical, “a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
That was Wednesday. The very next day, on Thursday, the State of Alabama—of which Ivey, whose stated ideology is pro-life, is the chief executive—was scheduled to execute Michael Brandon Samra, a convicted murderer who confessed to slitting the throat of two young girls in 1997, a heinous and appalling act.
There was only one person on Earth with the power to save Samra’s life—a sacred gift from God—or keep him in prison for the rest of his days to ponder the meaning of his act. That person was Kay Ivey, the pro-life governor of Alabama. According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, Ivey rejected an appeal “for mercy.”
I'm sure that Samra is a real piece of sh*t, but I thought that "every life is a sacred gift from God".
Maybe that's only on Wednesdays, because generally people are alive until they are executed.
It's difficult to find exact numbers for the pro-life/pro-death crowd, but I did find a couple old studies to give you some idea about these people.
Employing the three most extreme cases of anti-abortion opinion (fetal defect, rape, and maternal health), Johnson and Tamney classified respondents as "inconsistent" if they opposed abortion under any one of these three extreme circumstances and also supported the death penalty...Their findings revealed that those with such seemingly inconsistent views tended to be members of fundamentalist Protestant denominations who held strict dogmatic beliefs. Such persons are concerned about young people's sexual morality and believe in the use of physical force to solve problems (perhaps more strongly than they believe in "preserving life").
...Claggett and Shafer (1991), whose findings are most relevant to the present study, identified the anti-abortion and pro-death penalty respondents as "just desserts"...Employing this scheme, Claggett and Shafer found that 35 per- cent of the general public fall into the just deserts category. Whites and "low Protestants," or born-agains, are more likely than others to belong to this group.
Digging into the data, we find that the vast majority of the pro-life crowd are also pro-death.
Among 182 respondents opposed to abortion even in a case of fetal defect, nearly 70 percent support the death penalty. Among those who oppose abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape, 65.2 percent favor capital punishment. Among those who oppose abortion even when maternal health is threatened, 64.6 percent favor capital punishment. In short, the majority of those who oppose abortion even in these extreme cases also support capital punishment.
I would describe them as such:
These people are big on making dramatic judgements of people and small on sympathy.
They are the ones to cast the first stone.
While I don't have any newer studies, you can still see a similar trend in the polls.
If you compare states that have the death penalty with states that restrict abortion, you’ll see the same pattern. Of the 33 states that restrict public funding of abortion, 27 permit capital punishment. Of the 17 states that don’t restrict abortion funding, 12 don’t permit capital punishment. And of the 39 executions carried out last year, 38 occurred in states that have banned “partial-birth” or second-trimester abortions.