Mike Adams

After giving the baby up for adoption, Jane moved on with her life. She thinks of the rape only when she sees Mitt at the grocery store, the post office, or at church. The situation is bad. But it has never crossed her mind to lobby for a change in the law that would allow for Mitt’s execution by lethal injection much less brutal dismemberment. That would not make sense. Where would it all end?

Consider the following scenario: The son she gave up for adoption could someday move to that small town in Massachusetts. She could see him as an adult, detect a resemblance between him and his father the rapist, and be reminded of the rape again. But surely she should not be allowed to kill her innocent child under those circumstances. The fact that someone resembles the rapist or in any way reminds the victim of the rapist does not trump innocence. No punishment of the innocent is warranted - certainly not the ultimate punishment!

Mitt Romney is not a fictional character. He is a real politician who supports a rape exception to laws that would ban abortion. That means he supports the murder of innocent human beings as punishment for crimes they did not commit. He justifies their murder based upon the prospect that the innocent could remind the victim of the guilty.

This is not a sound position for a committed conservative. Nor is it a sound position for a committed Mormon. It is evidence of deep moral confusion and chronic moral capitulation.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.