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The Burden of Proof

Posted by Chance on July 10, 2006

Doris Gordon, from Libertarians For Life discusses Roe vs. Wade.

How should courts act when undecided on pivotal questions affecting two parties and when they cannot avoid making a decision? Tossing a coin will not do in such cases. Their only reasonable course is to weigh the possible injuries that they would impose by a wrongful decision either way and then choose to avoid the worst possibility. When a human being’s life is on the block, a proper legal system gives the benefit of the doubt to life. This is why even advocates of capital punishment call for stringent proof. If individuals accused of felonies get the benefit of such doubt, why not the beings in the womb?

What possible wrongful injuries should the Roe Court have considered? The pregnant woman allegedly faces a partial and temporary loss of liberty; her fetus, however, allegedly faces the total and permanent loss of life and therefore liberty as well. The answer is obvious. The Court should have decided for life. Instead, the Court wrote that “the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”

In other words, the issue of whether or not life begins in the womb, and whether or not abortion should be legal is up for debate for many people. Gordon argues that the burden of proof should be on the shoulders of the pro-choicers.

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3 Responses to “The Burden of Proof”

  1. The Prophet said

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  2. Dan Trabue said

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  3. The Prophet said

    A church couple & friend of my wife and me found out last week that they are having a baby girl. They also found out that the baby had growths (I forget what they exactly call them) on the brain, which means that there’s a high percentage of their child having down syndrome or mental retardation.

    What an emotional roller coaster that must have been. In the past year, this couple has had two miscarriages and tried with much difficulty to have a child. Now they’re pregnant and the child could have down’s syndrome. Not that they will love her any less, just that taking care of a mentally handicapped child is a tremendous strain on a family.

    Nobody wants to see their child hurting or in pain.

    A lot of Pro-Lifers feel the same as I do, and after becoming a father, myself, my perspective’s changed a bit. I can speak from experience now.

    With the family I’ve mentioned above, trying so hard and finally getting pregnant. And then there are mothers who selfishly choose to abort their child because they don’t want to be pregnant (Now I know there are some extenuating circumstances, but for the most part, I think abortion is selfish issue)

    And when you take into consideration God’s statement to Eve after man’s fall, not wanting to go through the labor process could be looked upon as a defiance of God.

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