Saturday 19 September 2009

John Piper

Abortion and Minnesota Laws on Cruelty to Animals

September 16, 2009 | By: John Piper | Category: Commentary

In the “Minnesota Cruelty to Animals Statutes . . . Police Regulations,” Statute 343.21 subdivision 1 says, “No person shall . . . unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate or kill any animal.”

Subdivision 7 says, “No person shall willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal.”

The penalty: “A person who fails to comply with any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Question: If the eight-week-old human fetus (with beating heart, EKG, brain waves, thumb-sucking, pain sensitivity, finger-grasping, and genetic humanity) is not a human person with rights under the 14th Amendment (“no state shall deprive any person of life ... without due process of law”), then is the fetus at least an animal?

Could we at least charge abortion clinics with cruelty to animals under Statute 343.21 subdivision 7?

Why is it illegal to “maim, mutilate and kill” an animal in Minnesota, but not a pain-sensitive unborn human being?


Cassandra said...

Rather than worry about legislating the right to have an abortion or prohibiting it, I think Christians should concentrate on education. Teach women about the life and development of a baby. Teach women safe sex and the option of abstinence. Teach women that they have other options besides abortion.

When we legislate morality (because belief in when life begins is a moral belief), we force others to conform to a certain set of moral beliefs that they may not hold. What is the saying? A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still?

Instead, let's teach the truth in love and allow people to make their own decisions.

Ruth MacC said...

I like what you are saying Cassandra. The Bible says to speak the truth in love...

When I was at school and about 14 I went to a class about abortion. It showed photos of a babys hand beside a coin zoomed in, and it was tiny. I never forgot how perfect it was. They also told us how babies are abourted and again this information never left me.

However, I believed what the world said about it not being a baby until a certain time and although I was against abortion I would have understood women going to England if they were raped etc. It wasn't until my convertion 8 years ago that I fully understood the truth which is that it is a child, from the first moment of conception and it has a soul.

It's very sad that animals are afforded more protection than children.

I posted this because it made me sad.

Thanks for your comment.