Life is sacred, yes. But thinking consenting adults are fully capable of flushing it all down the toilet to the point where they, and not anyone else, sign their own death warrant. The unborn are not capable of such things.
"Thinking, consenting adults" including the mentally ill? From the April 2017 article, Does the death penalty target people who are mentally ill? We checked. (and others):
People who are executed have a far higher rate of mental illness than does the general public.
When John H. Blume studied death row volunteers from 1976 through 2003, he found that 88 percent had a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Our numbers were slightly lower, but similar.
Graph showing percent of population w/mental illness (broken down and total, total below):
- xxxx - 4% general population w/serious
- xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - 18% general population w/any
- xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - 43% executed.