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October 07, 2011

What Counts as Murder?

What Counts as Murder?

Six years ago, Katrina Effert of Alberta, Canada secretly gave birth to a son in her parent’s home, and then strangled him before throwing his body over the neighbor’s fence.

But this month, after being convicted of second-degree murder by two juries, Effert’s sentence was suspended by appeals judge Joanne Veit. What was the rationale? She compared this murder with abortion.

“…many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution…[but] they…understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childbirth exact from mothers…”

Wow. But think about it. If parents are allowed to kill inconvenient unborn children, why not born ones? As Mark Steyn points out, one and two-year olds are no picnic, either. Can killing toddlers be justified also?

The fact is, Judge Veit is being consistent with pro-choice logic. If choice trumps life, no life is sacred. Come to for more on this from Chuck Colson. For The Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Infanticide Conviction Nets Alberta Woman Suspended Sentence
CBC News | September 09, 2011

Thrown Over the Fence--Infanticide, Canadian Style
Albert Mohler | September 16, 2011

Twin Killings
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint | September 21, 2011

Two-Minute Warning: Natural Revulsion
Chuck Colson | The Colson Center | September 19, 2011

The Case for Life
Scott Klusendorf |

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