One more post on the precipitously declining moral standards of Western civilization, and I'll start writing about something else. A Canada woman who in 2005 strangled her newborn son has, after two overturned murder convictions, been given a suspended sentence (read: no time in jail) of three years and a downgraded conviction for "infanticide." The story I just linked to highlights the judge's rationale for her leniency, in which she implies that a relaxed attitude toward the murder of breathing infants is the logical next step after legal abortion.
For my part, I was astounded to find out that murder and infanticide are actually different crimes in Canada. Perhaps this is old news to some of you, but infanticide is defined thusly in Canadian law (source):
233. A female person commits infanticide when by a wilful act or omission she causes the death of her newly-born child, if at the time of the act or omission she is not fully recovered from the effects of giving birth to the child and by reason thereof or of the effect of lactation consequent on the birth of the child her mind is then disturbed. R.S., c. C-34, s. 216.
In the eyes of Canadians, "the effects of giving birth" (or, more bizarrely, of breastfeeding) are so disorienting as to constitute in themselves an extenuating circumstance. And not just a little extenuating, either. The maximum sentence for infanticide is "imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years."