LUFKIN, June 7, 2005 ( – The irreconcilable contradictions created by abortion in US law are pulling courts in opposite directions. Gerardo Flores, a 19 year-old Texas man, has received a life sentence for killing the unborn twins of his girlfriend, Erica Basoria, at her request. Basoria was five months pregnant when she asked Flores to help solve their “problem.” The pair was afraid parenthood would interfere with college plans. Flores admitted to stepping on Basoria’s stomach in order to kill the children the night of May 6, 2004.Â

In the US, an activist Supreme Court ruled in the 1970s that there is a constitutional ‘right’ to abortion even though the constitution mentions no such ‘right’. The existence of this license to kill has not prevented a host of contradictions in laws at the state and federal level. This logical war is not, in essence, one between two sets of conflicting laws, but between two opposed philosophical notions: that killing can be both an evil act that society must punish, and at the same time, a legally protected human right.

In the case of Gerardo Flores, the contradiction is being revealed again in what is being called a landmark case. Flores was charged and found guilty of two counts of capital murder. The contradiction is still holding firm, however, in that the girlfriend who asked him to do the killing cannot be charged with anything. The law includes the definition of a person — with full rights to legal protection — as existing from the moment of conception and is likely to be vigorously challenged by the abortion lobby.

Basoria told authorities that she regretted not getting an abortion and started jogging and hitting herself to induce a miscarriage. When that failed, she asked Flores for help. Under state law, a woman cannot be charged for causing the deaths of her own fetuses for any reason. An abortionist – using more sophisticated methods of course – similarly can never be charged for committing exactly the same act as Flores’.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Art Bauereiss said he could not help that Basoria was outside the reach of the law, but that if the children had been killed after birth, there would be no controversy over a guilty verdict.

Knowing that the case was one headed for the Supreme Court, prosecutors did not call for the death penalty. Bauereiss, in his closing statement called the killing “an unholy crime.”