I love the Supreme Court. Well, not exactly. To be more precise, I love what’s etched into the portico of the building where the Supreme Court resides: “Equal Justice Under Law.” What an awesome concept!
The recent murder of Amanda Blackburn, the 28-year-old, 12-weeks-pregnant wife of Indianapolis pastor Davey Blackburn, brings those etched words into desperate relevance. In this case, “equal justice under law” requires authorities to investigate and prosecute a double-homicide for both mother and (unborn) child. That’s because both are human beings, and both are to be protected by the law. So far, so good.*
But wait a minute.
If Amanda Blackburn had gone to the Women’s Care Center in Indianapolis, she could have legally paid someone to kill her unborn baby by abortion. In that case, Amanda’s unborn, 12-week-old child has no legal protection at all. In fact, Amanda is guaranteed the “right” to pay someone to conduct a much more intimate “home invasion” (“home” meaning “womb”) and rip her unborn child apart limb from limb. This revolting reality check is incredibly relevant in Amanda’s case because most abortions happen around the 10th week of pregnancy, and Amanda’s unborn baby was 12 weeks old when he or she was killed.
So, what should be painfully obvious to all rational people in America is that we are a nation of “monstrous injustice under law,” not “equal justice under law.” When it comes to abortion, we are arrogantly rebelling against God when He says, “You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless” (Deuteronomy 24:17a, where the unborn fit the description of “fatherless”). We’re also arrogantly rebelling against our own words etched in the Supreme Court’s portico: “Equal Justice Under Law.” And friends, that’s not only dumb. It’s deadly.
My plea to the American people is simply this: let’s stop “perverting justice.” Instead, let’s practice what we preach (and etch into our porticos). Let’s actually practice “equal justice under law.” Let’s apply justice equally to all people no matter where they live (petri dish, womb, nursing home, apartment), no matter how old they are (12 weeks in utero, 12 years, 112 years), no matter how developed their capacities (severely disabled, college freshman, PhD), no matter their income (poor, middle class, rich), and no matter their color (black, white, yellow, red, etc.).
Isn’t this what “equal justice under law” actually means?
For Further Consideration
* "Because Blackburn was expecting, legal experts say anyone arrested in connection with the crime could be charged with more than her murder, a conviction on which would already send a person to prison for 45 to 65 years. In certain murder cases, the crime also can be punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. Legal experts say the options available to state prosecutors for additional charges or sentence enhancements are numerous, depending on whether the killer knew the woman was pregnant or how far along she was in her pregnancy. For example, a state statute passed in 2009 allows the state to seek harsher penalties if a murder victim was pregnant, said Indianapolis attorney Jack Crawford, a former Lake County prosecutor. That enhancement, Crawford said, could add six to 20 years to the convicted murderer's prison sentence." [Source: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/12/pastors-wifes-pregnancy-could-lead-increased-prison-time-her-killer/75659718/]
** I don't mean this in a strident, incendiary way. I simply am asking for a rational argument that denies this chain: IF "equal justice under law" THEN all unborn babies deserve equal justice. I honestly don't think a rational response is possible that denies this logic. But I still think it's a good question.