There is plenty of evidence to doubt Peterson's guilt (see
Peterson Series), however this is an excellent indictment of
SCOTT PETERSON: ANOTHER
By J. Matt Barber
© 2004 by J. Matt Barber
The media latched on to the story like a pit-bull
to a poodle – It’s been a perfect obsession. Coverage of the case has
saturated the airwaves for over two years, with the Fox News Channel
taking the lead…OK Greta, on the record – we get it – enough already!
As nearly everyone on the planet knows by now,
former Modesto, California fertilizer salesman Scott Peterson was
recently convicted of double murder for killing his 27-year-old wife
Laci, and the couple’s unborn son Conner. It seems the jury concluded
that Mark Geragos, Peterson’s illustrious, high-dollar defense
attorney, was trying to sell them his own smooth line of fertilizer;
but they weren’t buying – They recommended Peterson be put to death.
Although the mainstream media has fixated on the
case ad nauseam, further discourse is warranted in light of its
profound implications relative to the ongoing, and highly polarized
During the trial, for some inexplicable reason, the
mainstream media generally abandoned its time-honored and typically
unwavering "pro-choice" rhetoric, and began referring to baby Conner
by such "egregious" terms as, "Scott and Laci’s unborn son," "the
unborn child," and simply, "Conner."
After recommending the death sentence, Juror
Richelle Nice told reporters: "Scott Peterson was Laci’s Husband,
Conner’s Daddy – the one person that should have protected them."
But for Planned Parenthood, the National
Organization for Women (NOW), and other militant abortion peddlers,
the use of such language in reference to baby Conner has caused much
gnashing of teeth – it’s left them seething – frothing at the mouth in
a panicked frenzy.
They’ve struggled long and hard, and with much
success, to dehumanize unborn children by placing upon them such
euphemistic, innocuous, and clinical tags as "zygote," "embryo,"
"fetus," and my personal favorite, "non-viable mass of tissue."
Ironically, the word fetus is Latin for "young
one," and what really has the "pro-choicers" up in arms is the fact
that this particular young one’s high profile murder was treated as
just that…a murder. When Scott Peterson (apparently) killed Laci, his
criminal actions additionally resulted in Conner’s death; or,
euphemistically speaking – another "terminated pregnancy."
Legal recognition that Scott Peterson murdered
Conner, his unborn son, has unintentionally had the effect of
bestowing upon Conner the precious, and heretofore judicially rationed
status of "personhood." You can’t murder a "non-viable mass of
tissue." But now, legally – and always, actually – you can murder an
unborn person. Of course science, commonsense, and reality dictate
that unborn children have always been persons.
Ultimately, the principles represented by this case
pose a tremendous setback to the pro-abortion movement, and present a
great step forward in protecting the lives of the most innocent and
vulnerable of our citizenry. Those principles are further bolstered by
‘Laci and Conner’s Law’ (the
Unborn Victims of Violence Act). President Bush signed the
legislation last April. It mirrors existing laws in 29 states, and
makes it a federal crime to harm an unborn child during an assault on
the mother. It’s the first Federal law to give unborn children a
status separate from their mothers. Additionally, it’s the first
federal law to more accurately refer to the "fetus" as an unborn
Still, the battle that lies ahead is a daunting
one. Obviously, the fight will continue, and only become more
turbulent. There’s so much more that remains to be done in fostering a
culture of life, and eliminating a culture of death. In her concise
but cogent essay "Scott
Peterson’s 'Choice'," Concerned Women for America Chief
Council Jan LaRue points out the following:
"Simply put, the status of the unborn under the
law and his right to life turns on whether the mother has him killed
or someone else does so without her consent. It is the most
egregious example of an incongruity in law that one can imagine."
LaRue goes on to explain:
There would have been no murder charge if
Laci Peterson had ended Conner's life by abortion on Christmas Eve,
and Scott Peterson would have been powerless to stop it."
Consider for a moment – attempt to rationalize if
you will, how it is that a father can kill his unborn child, be
convicted of that child’s murder, and himself face the death penalty –
while on the same day, a mother can elect to have her unborn child
killed, spend time in a recovery room, go home to conceive again, and
repeat the cycle as many times as she "chooses."
Under the guise of a phantom "Constitutional
right," and with vigorous encouragement from Planned Parenthood, NOW,
and their extremist ilk – millions of women per year do just that…have
their unborn children killed. The "pro-choice" mantra: "It’s the
woman’s right to choose!" – "get over your love affair with the
fetus!" – "Keep your laws off my body!"
Well, sweetheart, it’s not your body we’re talking
about – Conner Peterson, like so many millions of unborn children, had
his own body, his own blood type, his own brainwaves, and his own
heartbeat. Conner Peterson, like so many millions of unborn children,
sucked his thumb, got the hiccups, cried, and smiled in his mother’s
womb. Conner Peterson, like so many millions of unborn children, had
his own life, his own dreams, and his own future to look forward to.
But tragically…Conner Peterson, like so many millions of unborn
children, was an inconvenient reality – an "unwanted pregnancy" to a
selfish parent. And so, tragically…like so many millions of unborn
children – Conner Peterson was murdered.
Copyright © 2004 by J. Matt Barber
J. Matt Barber is a non-practicing attorney, an undefeated
heavyweight professional boxer (Matt "Bam Bam" Barber), and a jazz
drummer in Chicago, IL. In addition to his Law Degree, Barber holds a
Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is a
Contributing Editor for
TheConservativeVoice.com, and a Contributor to the
Washington Times "Insight Magazine," as well as a number of other top
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