Morally? Legally? I was listening to KGO (ABC Radio) and the talk show host was saying they are the same issue and some callers agreed and some disagreed. I actually have to agree on one level and disagree on the other. He insulted people who thought they were different issues and said you either had to be pro-death penalty and pro-choice, or anti-death penalty and pro-life, or you weren't being "consistent". While I am pro-life and anti-death penalty, I don't agree with the ABC host. When this came up in law school, students weighed in on both sides of calling it the same, but currently in the interpretations of the black letter of law, they are two distinctly different issues, at least in the United States in 2013. However, morally, or how I see it as a Christian (with some fellow protestants, and catholics, and with current Vatican point of view from John Paul II and unchallenged since then) is that all life is precious and only God can decide so both issues are not for humans to determine. Some may see that is as the Vatican equating "abortion" with "murder" since any act where a human determines another's death is guilty of murder/killing, as many conservative Christians who stand at the other side of the aisle from me say the Pope says (on at least abortion), but I think it's safe to say at least he meant both are wrong, but not necessarily the same thing. It's OK to say both are wrong but that doesn't automatically call both abortion and death penalty totally equal. So where do you weigh in on equating the two? Are they the same, period, and further, does that mean abortion is murder? Is the death penalty wrong because it's the murder in the name of the state? Where do you stand?