What is the legal definition of first degree murder?
First Degree Murder: Definition
“In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or ‘lying in wait’ for the victim.”
Here is an example of what constitutes first degree murder:
Fred is angry at Joe, so Fred sits down and plans to murder Joe and then he goes and kills Joe. In most states, that is defined as first degree murder.
But consider another scenario that fits the description of first degree murder:
For reasons unknown, Mary decides to kill her infant son. She carefully plans out what and when she will carry out her foul deed and then she does it, she intentionally kills her one-week old son.
Both examples, Fred and Mary are guilty of first degree murder and in some states, could face the death penalty and in other states, life in prison.
But change just one fact in the example of Mary – her son is not yet born. She still decides she wants to get rid of him and she goes to an abortion clinic where they brutally kill her son for her and dispose of his body. For some bizarre twist of legalities, Mary is not guilty of first degree murder in the eyes of the law, nor are those at the clinic. It’s just a simple ordinary abortion.
The only difference is the baby’s age. Mary’s baby boy, while in the womb, hears sounds and recognizes Mary’s voice. He feels hot, cold, movement, upset, comfort and pain. His young life is taken away in three possible ways. He is poisoned with a super-saline solution, which is a painful way for him to die. Mary is induced to give birth and before all of her son has come out, a tool is used to severe his spinal cord, resulting in near instant death. The third way, a very common way is that the abortionist using tools and suction equipment to tear the boy’s limbs away from his tiny body reducing him in size until the rest of him can be sucked out or extracted. Since the baby can feel pain, just imagine having your arms and legs forcibly ripped away from your body while you were alive and awake.
When doctors in Nazi Germany performed some of these procedures on captive Jews, it was deemed horrendous and a violation of every moral code of conduct. If caught later on, the doctors were arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced. However, in today’s America, abortionists are doing this every single day to innocent children who are being denied the chance to draw a single breath of air.
This is what prompted members of the US House to introduce and pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which is generally when all unborn children are capable of feeling pain, many before then.
After passing the bill, it was then sent over to the Senate, who took a floor vote on the bill this week. The vote was 46 for the bill and 51 against. Sixty votes were needed to pass the bill.
Every Democrat voted against the bill, except Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), who voted for the bill.
Every Republican voted for the bill, except Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
Like it not, abortion is nothing more than the legalized first-degree murder of human babies and should never ever be legally protected. Hopefully, voters will remember who voted against this bill when it comes to the midterm elections.