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LETTER: Death penalty foes should be pro-life, too

To the Editor:

The Jan. 18 edition of The Daily Republic featured an article concerned for the lives of hardened criminals who may face execution for their heinous crimes. Rick Snedeker reports that the death penalty was used three times in more than 30 years. He says not one word in defense of 800-plus babies murdered by abortion in our fair state in just one year, 2006.

Mr. Snedeker seems to imply that the world is getting much better as more states and countries drop the death penalty for criminals. He says nothing in defense of more than 54 million babies in the United States who received the death penalty since 1973 by legalized abortion.

I do not know Sen. Hickey from Sioux Falls, who wants to eliminate the death penalty in our state. He may be a champion of life for the young and old, the unborn, the sick and the disabled. I would hope that he cares not only for the healthy, the powerful and hardened criminals, but all human life.

I would wholeheartedly support a bill by the senator to eliminate the death penalty for babies.