Pro-Life and Favoring the Death Penalty: An Ethical Conflict?
Here is an apparent ethical conflicting view that I have heard. How can a person be "pro-life" and still be in favor of the death penalty? Is the answer simply that "pro-life" means in favor of the life an innocent embryo or fetus and not necessarily for the maintaining of all life, including criminals who are to be executed nor the killing of enemy soldiers or innocent civilians during times of war? If being "pro-life" means something more than protecting the fetus, is that being clearly expressed to society? Or if not, should those who claim to be "pro-life" define their objectives. Or have they and I have missed it. Physicians are involved in this distinction as they are personally and professionally challenged by various people including patients and authorities with issues such abortion, contraception, invitro fertilization, termination of life-supportive measures, participating in death penalty activities and in war and torture. Those of my visitors who consider themselves "pro-life" can you define the extent to which you support the preservation of life. Should the preservation of life only be extended to the embryo and fetus, to the ill or patients in the persistent vegetative state? Is the death penalty, war and torture another matter? ..Maurice.