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Last night by lethal injection of “untested drugs”, Ohio executed the brutal thug who, in 1989, raped and stabbed to death expectant mother Joy Stewart. Naturally, the left wing advocacy media wants to let people know how inhumane and cruel they believe it was by giving a play by play of what the killer went through in his final moments. Examples of headlines, along with excerpts (bolded emphasis added by me):
LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.
Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made several loud snorting or snoring sounds during one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
McGuire opened and shut his left hand as if waving to his daughter, son and daughter-in-law. More than a minute later he raised himself up, looked in the direction of his family and said, “I love you. I love you.”
McGuire was still for almost five minutes, then emitted a loud snort, as if snoring, and continued to make that sound over the next several minutes. He also opened and shut his mouth several times without making a sound as his stomach rose and fell.
“Oh my God,” his daughter, Amber McGuire, said as she observed her father’s final moments.
A coughing sound was Dennis McGuire’s last apparent movement, at 10:43 a.m. He was pronounced dead 10 minutes later.
Previous executions with the former execution drugs took much less time, and typically did not include the types of snorts and gasps that McGuire uttered.
Columbus Dispatch – Killer struggles, gasps repeatedly under new 2-drug combination (newer headline: Inmate’s death called ‘horrific’ under new, 2-drug execution)
LUCASVILLE, Ohio — It wasn’t the terrifying, brutal death he inflicted on his 22-year-old victim in 1989, but Dennis McGuire did not go quietly yesterday.
McGuire struggled, made guttural noises, gasped for air and choked for about 10 minutes before succumbing to a new, two-drug execution method at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.
There was no clear indication that the drug combination — never before used in a U.S. execution — triggered McGuire’s death struggles. But Allen Bohnert, one of McGuire’s federal public defenders, called the execution a “failed, agonizing experiment by the state of Ohio.”
McGuire’s death by lethal injection at 10:53 a.m. might have been marked by the “air hunger” that his attorneys predicted in legal moves rejected by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and declined for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The article in its entirety poses the implied question as to whether or not this was an inhumane death penalty procedure.
Many more headlines made note of the fact that the drug combinations used for the execution were “untested” … “raising questions” about the humanity of it. Right.
Look, I get that there has been a long-running debate in this country over the death penalty. Opponents argue that it doesn’t deter crime, that it is “cruel and unusual punishment” and therefore unconstitutional, and believe that the state should not be involved in exacting “revenge penalties’ that involve putting someone to death for the intentional death of another. I’m not here to have that debate. In fact, for purposes of discussion let’s just accept all of those “justifications” banning capital punishment at face value without argument.
I only have one simple question, one simple request for the mainstream media: Will you ever cover the inhumanity of an abortion of an innocent unborn baby? The horrific procedures it goes through before it dies? If you’re going to advocate to spare the life of a convicted, admitted rapist and murderer because taking 15 minutes to die is “too long”, could you ever take the time to engage in advocacy journalism for the unborn baby, who, unlike the murderer, never got the chance at life? Joy Stewart’s unborn baby was 8 months along when both she – and it – were killed senselessly. What differences – if any – do you see between an unborn baby that has been murdered intentionally by a killer versus an unborn baby whose mother has decided it’s inconvenient to have at that time?
If you’re so willing to talk about the “moral side” to capital punishment, why not open up the “moral side” of the debate on abortions? Why is the issue of the right or wrongness of abortion mostly”off limits” in the mainstream media outside of giving unquestioned deference to the “right to choose” crowd, and outside of bringing up the rare cases where the life of the mother or baby is at stake? Most abortions – the VAST majority – are performed purely for convenience purposes. Why can’t we discuss that without being painted as “anti-women’s rights”? I AM a woman, dammit!
I don’t expect answers to any of these questions. But in light of the growing and strengthening movement by anti-death penalty types both in and out of the media to “respect” the life of a killer, I feel they should be asked all the same. A killer isn’t innocent. An unborn child is. The time to play the “sensitivity” card when it comes to how abortion is portrayed in the mainstream media should have expired long ago. It’s time to scrutinize this procedure. Give us the facts, the brutal honesty, the graphic details of what happens to these babies as they’re aborted. If the media thinks that a killer deserves leniency because he shouldn’t be subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment”, they should extend that same courtesy to the unborn.
BTW, the killer’s family plans to sue the state over the ‘suffering’ he allegedly went through during his execution. Not making that up.
Update – 1:30 PM: Life News graciously published my piece on their site as well. Thanks, y’all!