Prosecutors in Ohio announced that they'll be seeking aggravated murder charges against Ariel Castro, for the miscarriages his abuse of his captive women caused. I'm surprised that keeping three women captive for ten years doesn't carry the same sort of penalties as murder (life in prison without parole or execution), but apparently it does not. If charging him with murder is required to make sure that miserable scum is never a free man again, then I'm all for it.
But it does raise some questions.
How, exactly, is it possible to simultaneously have legal abortion and charge someone for murdering a fetus? If you can charge someone with murder for killing a fetus, then you are saying that killing a fetus is (under the law) the same as killing a human. If that's the case, then how can abortion be anything other than murder? It can't be the mother's permission – there's no other circumstance I can think of where permission excuses murder.
I'm no lawyer, but this isn't making sense to me. I don't see how our legal system can simultaneously hold that abortion is legal and that Ariel Castro is a murderer...