The National Catholic Register recently quoted Center for Religious Expression Chief Counsel Nate Kellum in an article about the Massachusetts case of “Commonwealth v. Peter Ronchi,” highlighting the untenable and inconsistent treatment of the unborn under American law. The case concerns a man who murdered his girlfriend at her apartment in Salem, Massachusetts, about a week before her due date. Her unborn child also died from loss of blood circulation from the mother. 

The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the two consecutive life sentences previously given to the defendant by the trial-court judge. The court found no problem with the trial court’s instructions to the jury, including: “Killing is not murder unless a human being has been killed. A viable fetus is a human being under the law of homicide. A fetus is viable when there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the womb, with or without artificial support.”

However, this ruling raises an obvious question; why is an unborn human considered a murder victim when killed in a homicide but stripped of its rights and life in an abortion without legal consequences? Nate Kellum commented on this legal inconsistency by stating, “The ruling reveals the hypocrisy of laws upholding so-called right of abortion. Under ordinary circumstances, a homicide is assessed by elements of the crime: The defendant caused the victims’ death with intent to kill or reckless, wanton disregard for life. This description fits every abortion. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rightly found the infliction of injuries on a preborn baby to cause death is a homicide. It should find the same when the murderous act is called an abortion.”

The Center for Religious Expression will continue to work and pray that this hypocrisy will eventually end and unborn life will get the legal recognition and individual rights to life that all humans deserve as children of God.

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