Manishkumar Patel, left, sits with his attorney during his initial court appearance at the Outagamie County Justice Center in Appleton, Wis., Nov. 29, 2007. (Associated Press)
A week ago, a man in Wisconsin, Manishkumar Patel, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for attempting to cause his then pregnant girlfriend to miscarry. He was convicted of “attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child”. Patel attempted to slip an abortion-inducing drug into her drink, which she didn’t drink but miscarried a few weeks later.
I have read this story over and over again. From many different sources, almost every angle and from ever bias and I have come away with one important conclusion: I must be suffering from a severe stroke. That has to be it. There is no other logical explanation. This story makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. This man has been sentenced to 22 years of his life spent behind bars for something that Planned Parenthood does on an hourly basis, with tax payers money, I might add. Why? Why is it wrong for him and not for Planned Parenthood? There are so many fails with this, that has taken some time to parse even the questions, let alone the answers.
One of my first thoughts was that maybe it because he is a man who this was happening. We all know, in this anti-patriarchal society that we live in, men have ZERO say in the decision of childbirth. Now, after its born, God help any man who doesn’t pay every cent he is ordered by the courts. Prior to birth, however, the father has no say whatsoever, at all, PERIOD. Seriously, aside from the financial aspect, what good are fathers these days anyway? But I digress, that is another article for another time.
Another thought that hit me was he ATTEMPTED to have her miscarry. The official charge is “attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn child”. That’s the focus from almost every media source you come across. But the real reason Patel received 22 years in prison wasn’t because of the attempted homicide of his unborn child, but the fact that he skipped out on his $750,000 bond, evading authorities for several years and trying to flee the country in order to avoid capture. But that doesn’t get the ratings. That doesn’t get the page clicks. So the media proves that it has a bias. And that bias isn’t completely political. The bottom line, no matter what political leaning any particular media source has or claims, the bias is ALWAYS ratings, clicks and audience growth. It’s less about politics and more about popularity.
The biggest thing about this story, as I mentioned in the beginning was how he attempted to do something that a private company with federal funding does on an hourly basis; he gets 22 years in a prison… Planned Parenthood will open its doors for business like its done every day for the past 102 years. Logically, if Manishkumar Patel is being sentenced for the conviction of “attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn child,” then abortion must be illegal now, right? That means that we, the taxpayers, should be saving about $528M a year, (give or take a couple million) because Planned Parenthood won’t be getting federal funding because they ill be closed forever because abortion is illegal, right? Right? RIGHT? I’m sorry, but we can’t have it both ways; We can’t have our cake and eat it too; Whats good for the goose is good for the gander; (insert any other suitable cliché here).
The point is that if everyone with half of a functioning brain synapses can agree that this man trying to end the life of an unborn human child is beyond reprehensible, then how can we stand by and book with what Planned Parenthood is doing? The death of an unborn human is still wrong. It doesn’t matter if it is done through a pill slipped into a woman’s drink to cause a miscarriage or if it is Kermit Gosnell who would deliberately and without remorse shove pointed scissors into the backs of the heads of hundreds, if not thousands of children as they came out of the womb, and everything in-between. There is no reason on either to justify the death of a helpless unborn child. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Why can’t we be consistent? Why can’t we maintain the same moral guideline across the board instead of trying to justify someone one else paying for poor choices that were made. And make no mistake, someone will pay for it, the question is will it be at a bit of inconvenience on your part or will it be at with the life of that unborn human child. Just something to think about.