During the election season I was given a free copy of a book that was being re-released.  I intended to blog about it, even though it was an opposing viewpoint from my own. I was willing to write the author’s assertions and then state the reasoning for my position.

But I got to one chapter that made me sick to my stomach. I could not in good conscience lead anyone to read this book, which essentially said that abortion helps to lower the crime rate.

First of all, I thought that in our courts we are innocent until proven guilty. I suppose that is the case, unless you’re in your mother’s womb. Then you’re guilty if your mother says you are. With no evidence. And no crime.

In our legal system, we rely on evidence. And sometimes science plays a large part in bringing the evidence to light.

DNA was first used in criminal cases in 1986. Since then, innocent people have been set free after serving a prison sentence for crimes they didn’t commit. And, likewise, people have been found guilty after years of no evidence.

Cold cases have been solved. Simply from analyzing the DNA.

In 1973 Roe v Wade was decided before the Supreme Court of the United States based on the argument that a woman should be able to have an abortion because it was her own body.

However, if the DNA was analyzed in that excised part of “her body”, I think we’d find that it wasn’t her body at all.

The DNA evidence would suggest that this was in fact, another person. Another body. Another crime victim.

Is it time to use new science for a cold case?