A Vietnamese woman has escaped execution after paying a fellow inmate to bring her a plastic bag of semen and a syringe so that she could become pregnant while on death row.
Under Vietnamese law, pregnant women or those with children under three years of age cannot be executed.
OK, don’t execute pregnant women, long standing thing (Anne Bonney and friend did this to avoid being hung with, erm, Calico Jack, didn’t they? And one story is that they jeered him as he was…..or maybe that’s the G MacDonald Fraser version).
Yes, yes, obviously, but today?
The fetus isn’t a person today is it? Not a human. So why can’t it die with the mother?
I wonder if anyone can actually manage to rationalise that.
You can do it easily by saying you’re against capital punishment and so on. But the specific point that the fetus is a non-human that can be destroyed at whim, and yet is so precious that it stops a righteously convicted criminal from being executed?