A Facebook post by my nephew Billy got me thinking today. He wrote, “If it’s legal to get an abortion, it should be legal to abort a child molester. Just sayin’.” It occurred to me that, since Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation abolishing the death penalty on March 9, 2011, he established a curious moral inconsistency, given his radical, enthusiastic support for another death penalty: Abortion.
In the State of Illinois, an unborn human being who has never committed a crime can be executed, but due to the repeal of the death penalty here, Cecil S. Sutherland, who abducted, raped and murdered 10-year-old Amy Schulz of Kell, Ill., in 1987, now can’t be executed.
Paul F. Runge, who raped and murdered a woman and her 10-year-old daughter in their Chicago apartment in 1997, now can’t be executed.
Dion Banks, who shot a woman to death in front of her two young sons in a 2001 carjacking, now can’t be executed.
Daniel B. Ramsey, who shot to death two girls, ages 12 and 16, during an attack on his former girlfriend, now can’t be executed.
Eric Hanson, who murdered his parents, sister and brother-in-law in 2005, now can’t be executed.
Brian J. Dugan, who raped and murdered Jeanine Nicarico, 10, after abducting her from her Naperville home, now can’t be executed.
David A. Damm, who murdered 13-year-old Donnisha Hill, now can’t be executed.
Anthony B. Mertz, who murdered and mutilated 21-year-old Eastern Illinois University student Shannon McNamara in 2001, now can’t be executed.
But, in Governor Quinn’s pro-abortion, anti-death penalty moral economy, kill all the innocent unborn babies you want, but for goodness sake, DON’T execute bloodthirsty murderers!
The repeal of the death penalty means all of those murderers’ sentences were commuted from death to life-without-parole with a stroke of Governor Quinn’s pen, but with regard to little babies in the womb, Quinn supports legislation restoring abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan. In addition, he supports legislation to repeal Illinois’ 1995 Parental Notice of Abortion Law.
Our Governor certainly dwells in a curious ethical universe. It’s almost as if you’re safer committing capital murder than you are being a person growing inside your mother’s uterus.