During our class on Foucault, I briefly pondered explanations for why the Pro-Life movement argues so vehemently against abortion but not nearly as much against capital punishment. There are undoubtedly those that succeed in connecting these two causes. I feel these people are the exception, though. On a nationwide-scale, The Republican party in general/ 'Dubya' in particular, proposed a 'culture of life'. This 'culture' (for reasons unknown) really wants every baby to be born but does not mind capital punishment. For those who haven't heard this ad nauseum, W executed record numbers of inmates while Governator of Texas.
I posited that a Foucaultian reading might conclude abortion garners greater attention because of its sexual implications and our power structures center on sexuality. However, Agamben's notion of homo sacer provides a clearer explanation of this phenomenon. If I understand his notion of sovereignty correctly, entrance into the realm of the sovereign (nation-state, for instance) implies a subjugation of life to the sovereign himself. However, before one is born, no such compact has been made. It is of the utmost importance that this life enter the politico-juridico-whatever realm before it is allowed to be killed. Perhaps then, Bush is not committing a simplistic logical fallacy as much as conforming to our basic ideas of power and society. (Think he read much Agamben at Yale?)