Washington, DC - Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of
Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:
"I was happy to see the news that the Supreme Court halted
the execution of a Virginia death row inmate, as the Court considers whether
lethal injections constitute 'cruel and unusual punishment.' At issue is
not the constitutionality of the death penalty itself, but rather the specific
way in which the lethal injections work, and the question of whether the person
being executed might experience excruciating pain and yet not be able to express
that because of the paralyzing effects of the drug.
"It brings to mind the 'Fetal Pain Awareness Act,' a bill
which gives that same consideration to unborn children being ripped apart by
abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and beyond. Credible studies have
raised the possibility that these children feel pain in the process of being
aborted. Like the death row inmate, however, they can't express that pain.
"So even without raising the issue of whether abortion
itself is constitutional, could we not halt the execution of these children out
of the same humanitarian concern of sparing fellow human beings pain?"
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic
pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more
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