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In response to my post on infanticide and the New York Times, Julian Sanchez writes, “So if the woman described here had, in fact, killed her just-delivered fetus (sic), she had shortened its life by, what, minutes? Maybe hours? What sane legal system requires that we treat this little fact as irrelevant?” If Sanchez were to walk into a hospital room and plunge a knife into the heart of a ninety-year-old woman with acute kidney failure, whose death could be assumed to be hours or even minutes away, he would quickly find out that his view of sanity is not that of the legal system in general.


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