by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat
- Is it homicide if a woman tries to kill her unborn child in utero but the child is born and later dies from her pre-birth actions? That’s apparently what happened recently in Indianapolis when a mother ate rat poison a week before giving birth:
Police said Monday that the infant’s death has been ruled a homicide due to poison.The 34-year-old mother allegedly told friends she swallowed rat poison Dec. 23. Officer Kendale Adams says investigators believe it was intentional. He doesn’t know how far along the woman’s pregnancy was at the time.
- The friends took the woman to a hospital in Anderson, and she was transferred to an Indianapolis hospital where she gave birth Friday.
- A doctor at a Catholic hospital in VA is under review because someone has complained that he also performs abortions at Planned Parenthood:
Dr. Richard Willard is an OB-GYN with an office on the 5th floor of the DePaul Medical Building.
There has been a complaint he is associated with Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center which is a Catholic Health Care Ministry while performing abortions at PP on Newtown Road….
Willard did not return our phone call, but a similar concern was lodged against him in 2005, and he was investigated by an independent moral theologian who determined since the procedures did not occur on property, DePaul was within the Catholic moral teachings.
View the news report from WAVY.com below:
The baby died Sunday.
Adams says the woman is in a psychiatric ward at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The hospital declined to immediately release any information.
Adams says the woman could face murder or attempted feticide charges.
I’d be very interested to see how pro-choice individuals view this case since they typically hold that women can do whatever they want to their bodies. “My body, my choice,” right? So if a woman wants to eat rat poison or take some abortifacient herb, that’s the woman’ choice.
Yet, what if that choice leads to the death of a human child post-birth?
Fetuses have heartbeats, but so do brain dead people on life support and tissue grown in the lab – which are both closer to what a fetus pre-brain development is.
Does Amanda imagine a human unborn child at 9 weeks (which is when the fetal period begins) doesn’t have a brain?
We were told babies don’t survive outside the womb unless they are more than 24 weeks. Sive was 23 weeks and 5 days.
Often, the person citing Godwin’s Law never judges the merit of the argument or the comparison and uses the Law to not have to think about the claims made, simply assuming that the comparison is illegitimate. The only reason why the claims are considered illegitimate then is because others make Holocaust comparisons without merit or rationale.Thus, when Godwin’s Law is invoked, Ruba’s Law can be invoked in response, to point out that citing Godwin’s Law does not actually refute the claims of those making the Holocaust comparison. Rather, it has simply become an excuse to not have to think about the comparison and to de-legitimize the person making the comparison.