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|Does the donation of organs justify capital punishment?|
Governor John Kasich recently stayed an execution of an Ohio man to review if his organs can and should be harvested after he is lethally injected.
Our Ohio DFL Chapter, including, Mary Ann Chimera, Mary Gigandet and John Munnis have been trying to stop the execution.
Mary Ann Chimera writes,
"The only end served by execution is revenge. It does not give closure. It does not restore the victim or the status quo ante. It does not ease the loss. It does not discourage others from committing like crimes."
She further notes that from a financial standpoint, the death penalty is more expensive than housing a person for life.
But now, the State of Ohio is considering allowing the harvesting of organs to save one life by taking another.
Wesley J. Smith writes that this sets a dangerous precedent.
"Here's the problem: The requested donation must be judged in the context in which it was made. This is not a truly freely chosen action. But for being condemned to die, there is no indication that he would have been willing to donate."
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|Measure Steers Women to Clinics|
By JOE MURPHY, Commentary
Pro-life Democrats enthusiastically greeted the many progressive components in the Women's Equality Act described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, in areas such as family status discrimination, workplace sexual harassment and human trafficking. We were dismayed, however, at his inclusion of extremist measures that would promote abortion while repealing some existing protections for pregnant women.