Letter to the Editor: Death Penalty Not Same As Abortion
Published: October 23, 2008
To the Editor:
In my opinion, one can be against abortion yet favor the death penalty. Abortion kills the innocent who have no say in what happens to them. The death penalty kills the guilty who have had due process, legal representation, appeals and for some, opportunities to continue to tell their side after they are incarcerated.
One person decides the fate of a fetus. Twelve jurors decide the fate of a person accused of a crime.
How can last week’s writer of “Expose Social Injustice” (Letters to the Editor, The Georgia Bulletin, Oct. 16) criticize John McCain for being pro-life but favoring the death penalty, when Barack Obama favors abortion at any stage of pregnancy and is not against the death penalty?
Obama wrote in his recent memoir that he thinks the death penalty “does little to deter crime.” But he supports capital punishment in cases “so heinous, so beyond the pale, that the community is justified in expressing the full measure of its outrage by meting out the ultimate punishment.”
Priscilla Schell, Peachtree City