I recently emailed MCCL to try to learn more about its legal goals. So I asked three questions:
1) Would America be improved, in your view, were all abortion to be made illegal?
2) Do you view elective abortion as being the equivalent of murder? (as 'just one other method of murder,' no different morally than a premeditated shotgun killing, i.e.)
3) Would you seek to make women voluntarily undergoing abortion to be liable under existing homicide statutes? Would this make good public policy, in MCCL's view?
Here's the complete reply I received, from Scott Fischbach, MCCL's Executive Director:
Great questions. MCCL seeks to restore protection for innocent unborn children and we believe that society as a whole would be much better off if that protection is restored. We also do not believe that women undergoing an abortion are criminals, but rather, they are victims. It is the actual abortionists that are killing the innocent unborn child and it is the abortionists that should be stopped by law.
Our goal is to build a society in which all human beings are respected in life and protected by law. I hope you will see fit to join in our efforts to help expectant mothers make life affirming decisions so that they and their babies can live well.
While life holds not guarantees, abortion is a dead end every time.
Executive Director, MCCL
So he didn't answer my questions, despite his acknowledgement that they merit response. He expressed a belief that an abortionist is killing 'the innocent unborn child.' So one solution to such a state of affairs, it occurs to me--were I to accept the premise--would be to simply define the performing of an abortion, in law, as a first-degree murder. This solution would seem the most obvious to me--adding elective abortion to Minnesota statute 609.185--if I believed Fischbach's quoted statement. If it is MCCL's viewpoint that someone premeditatedly killing an 'innocent unborn child' ought not be subject to prosecution for first-degree homicide, Fischbach ought to explain why. [Email sent.]
**Perhaps one-third to one-half of Minnesotans consider themselves prolife. But if you examine the voting records of self-described 'prolife' state representatives, you find that very few can claim to have never once dissented with MCCL's legislative priorities in the past six legislative sessions. To be able to make such a claim, a state representative would have to be in the small minority of MCCL-friendly legislators who constitute the purist of the pure prolifers--such as Erik Paulsen.