Dis­pos­able hu­mans a busi­ness bonus

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -


The Times-Dis­patch re­cently re­ported on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s in­ten­tion to veto a bill that would ban abor­tion af­ter 20 weeks of preg­nancy. Ac­cord­ing to the governor, such leg­is­la­tion could dam­age his plans to “re­cruit busi­nesses to Vir­ginia.” Since he be­lieves in part that this law would be “dam­ag­ing to­ward busi­ness” in our state, he in­tends to re­ject it.

It is a cu­ri­ous world we live in. The prac­ti­cal im­pli­ca­tions of abor­tion are in­con­testable: It is a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure that vi­o­lently kills a liv­ing, fully in­di­vid­ual hu­man be­ing. In a prop­erly or­dered so­ci­ety, such a bar­barous act would it­self be “dam­ag­ing to­ward busi­ness.” No re­spectable com­pany would want to set up shop in a civ­i­liza­tion that sanc­tions the butch­ery of in­no­cent hu­mans as a mat­ter of public pol­icy, and no re­spectable govern­ment of­fi­cial would put up with it.

In­stead, the governor of our state has vowed to de­fend this bar­bar­ity, claim­ing that even a small ef­fort to pro­tect the in­no­cent is so­cially di­vi­sive and thus bad for com­merce. Pon­der McAuliffe’s as­ton­ish­ing stance: Rather than stick up for the most in­no­cent and vul­ner­a­ble Vir­gini­ans, he con­sid­ers them dis­pos­able and in­signif­i­cant, less im­por­tant than a few more the­o­ret­i­cal jobs and a few more the­o­ret­i­cal dol­lars in tax rev­enue.

We may get those jobs, and that rev­enue. And surely we will have avoided any “so­cially di­vi­sive” leg­is­la­tion. Mean­while, count­less in­no­cent hu­man be­ings in the com­mon­wealth con­tinue to be killed ev­ery year. Thank good­ness we have our pri­or­i­ties straight. DANIEL PAYNE.


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