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Section A: General News


Editorial: Media reports; you decide ... are we a humane society?




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January 22, 2014 | 3,003 views | 30 comments

This week marks the annual observance of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.

Roe v. Wade is the historic Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law. The ruling gave women the “right to choose” their own freedom over the life of their unborn child.

It is interesting to see how the mainstream media cover abortion, avoiding any emotion or references to “the baby” and, instead, focus on a “fetus” and a woman’s “right to privacy.” They will allow nothing that would make a fetus seem human. Billboards and TV advertising for abortions avoid using images of the unborn child, just as they avoid any video of the abortion itself, as it is “too gruesome.”

That’s the media for you. But consider another issue, and notice the intentional use of emotion and graphic images. In the case of death penalties, the press uses gut-wrenching detail specifically to evoke emotion.

This week we are hearing all about the execution of a man in Ohio who had been on death row for a 1989 murder. Dennis McGuire was put to death in a “tortured” and “unusually slow execution.” It was reported that the man’s children were crying and “visibly upset.”

To be sure, death and dying are most difficult subjects to broach. People have a difficult time associating with or watching a dying person even when it is death by natural causes. Watching a person die in a planned execution is macabre.

McGuire’s daughter mentioned the horror of watching her father “gasp for air” in his agonizing final moments. “It was the most awful moment in my life to witness my dad’s execution,” she and her brother, Dennis, said in numerous TV interviews.

A daughter-in-law covered her ears so that she would not hear the guttural sounds emanating from the dying man. The family is planning a lawsuit.

Others who witnessed the execution agreed with the “cruel and unusual” punishment, describing...

•the “horrifying sensation” of being unable to breathe,

•the “agony and terror” of struggling to breathe for those agonizing minutes after he was injected with the lethal drugs,

•his deep gasps, and

•that he convulsed for roughly 10 minutes before he died.

Reports said that McGuire made a “rattling sound” and at times, he appeared to be choking. Both the length of time it took for McGuire to die and the gasping are not typical for an execution, experts say. He suffocated to death “in agony and terror.” It is unknown if McGuire was conscious and feeling pain during the excruciatingly long execution process.

Death by lethal injection is agonizingly cruel, but so was the death of his victim.

We worry that this convicted murderer suffered unnecessarily, but little has been said about his victim. Mere mention was made of the brutal rape and murder of Joy Stewart, who was eight months’ pregnant at the time.

For a balanced picture, we might ask:

•How long did Joy Stewart suffer?

•Did she take “deep gasps” for air as she was fighting for her life?

•Was it a “horrifying sensation” as she was savagely stabbed?

•Did she cry out in “agony and terror” as she was left in the woods to die?

•How long did she endure this torture?

•What kind of “guttural” sounds did she make as she breathed her last? Did she beg for her own life and that of her baby?

How does the family of a beautiful 22-year-old who was eight months’ pregnant feel? Surely it was the “most awful moment” in their lives to have to identify the body and to be told of their daughter’s brutal torture and senseless death.

What’s more humane? Abortion or the death penalty?
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
January 25, 2014 11:30am
 
Facts....Little boogers in nose are still boogers. :) Kemo Sabe.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 25, 2014 7:38am
 
Facts only Please....Same baby in or out of womb. "Regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion." "at ... More ›

 
Facts only please  
TX  
January 24, 2014 11:19pm
 
Prairie: before extraction it is not a human being (baby). Sorry the facts don't support you.

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
January 24, 2014 7:16pm
 
The Hippocratic oath forbids abortion. I am not aware if most Doctors still swear to this oath or something else. This may be why so few doctors perform abortions. Thanks to "Facts Only Please" we now know why providers kill ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
January 24, 2014 4:01pm
 
All democrats should read the cited sub paragraph (b) pointed out by Prairie Grouch and the decide if your future leader voted for murder while a State Senator in Illinois.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 24, 2014 3:55pm
 
Facts only Please.....Perhaps you should reread the first sub paragraph (b) of your citations. Therein you will find the reason that the abortionist kills the baby prior to extraction. Citation without understanding fully ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
January 24, 2014 3:42pm
 
3144 counties or equivalents comprise the USA. Eighty Seven percent have no abortion provider. I wonder if that percentage is that high because most Doctors consider the baby in the womb being nourished by the mother to be ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
January 24, 2014 2:21pm
 
Let's see ... yes, a fetus is comprised of living cells, and it is of the species homo sapiens ... it certainly will never be considered a coyote or a whale. Seems to me, therefore, it is life!

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
January 24, 2014 2:07pm
 
Facts, I believe you were born about 100 years too late. You would have made a top notch head nurse assistant to Josef Mengela!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 24, 2014 1:29pm
 
I don't give a damn how many words you dredge up to convince the abortionist that what he is dismembering is not a human being. Volumes of laws will never convince me that the small defenseless 11 week old baby being killed ... More ›

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