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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Criminalizing Pregnant Women?Or Holding Mother's Accountable for Their Actions? #prolife #parents #prochoice

According to this recent post upsetting the proabortion movement on twitter, women are being arrested unjustly and being charged with murder and feticide for drug abuse habits or ingesting toxic chemicals:

38 of the 50 states across America have introduced fetal homicide laws that were intended to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from violent attacks.

How is it that abortion or taking illegal substances during pregnancy are not equally a violent attack or crime against the unborn?? Why are women given the legal right to hire some doctor to assist them with drugging their unborn child or suctioning them out in pieces is legal&not considered a violent attack, but intentionally ingesting drugs or toxic substances is? Both should be seen equally wrong& violent crimes.

However, proabortion advocates are upset that women are going to jail for having miscarriages, stillbirths or delivering babies who die shortly after birth because of the actions of the mother.

Most recently a mother ate rat poison to attempt suicide after finding out her boyfriend was leaving her. She was 33 weeks pregnant at the time,instead of taking responsibility for the well being of her preborn child she chose to risk her life& her preborn child's life by consuming a toxic chemical which later lead to the death of her newborn baby. In this case, I find it is a clear case of negligent homicide because she caused the death of her newborn by ingesting a toxic substance without concern for the well being of her preborn child.

When a woman is pregnant she is a mother,despite what proabortion advocates believe, and as parents we have a responsibility to the well being of our children and should have that same responsibility while they are in the womb or out. If we can't care for our children in the womb how can we be trusted to care for children who are born? Those who do not want to be mothers can choose adoption as an alternative to parenting rather than aborting or killing their preborn child.

In another case, a young teen is in jail for taking cocaine while pregnant, regardless of her addiction problem;she had a right& responsibility to care for her preborn child's well being. The method of death is no different than whether someone put poison in her drink or she intentionally consumed or used a toxic or illegal substance. As women, when we are pregnant we are mothers and are responsible for the well being of another life,not just our own!

The case below is a little more complicated,but if toxicology tests can prove the cause of death was from the fetus or newborn being exposed to toxic chemicals or illegal drugs than the mother should be held accountable:

In Alabama at least 40 cases have been brought under the state's "chemical endangerment" law. Introduced in 2006, the statute was designed to protect children whose parents were cooking methamphetamine in the home and thus putting their children at risk from inhaling the fumes.



Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way. During her pregnancy her fetus was diagnosed with possible Down's syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.



The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.


Police charged her with chemical endangerment.
Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with "chemical endangerment" of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.
There aren't enough details on this case to say why police waited six months later to charge her,but there must have been some sort of evidence to cause them to arrest her. I guess we will have to wait and see what the courts say when and if her case goes to trial and if it gets the same attention the Casey Anthony murder received.

A civil rights lawyer speaking on the case had this to say:
"If it's not a crime for a mother to intentionally end her pregnancy, how can it be a crime for her to do it unintentionally, whether by taking drugs or smoking or whatever it is," Robert McDuff, a civil rights lawyer asked the state supreme court.

This statement defines the problem with legal abortion...if women can hire someone[ie:an abortionist] to intentionally end her pregnancy and kill a preborn human being/offspring in the womb;then what's to say women can't make wreckless 'choices' about their life& cause harm or death to them in the womb or when born??

After all, choice is choice and when someone chooses to take drugs or intentionally exposes her preborn child to illegal and toxic substances while pregnant&it causes the fetus or newborn to die the woman should be held responsible. It's no different than intentionally giving your born child an overdose or putting poison in their food. Both actions result in the death of a human being;one is preborn and the other is born.

Death is death, but how one dies or is killed should matter in all cases otherwise we wouldn't have homicide,feticide and suicide laws. This is one reason I also support determining the cause of death of a miscarriage or stillborn,especially if the mother's health& pregnancy were not at risk,and to determine genetic problems that could be caught early.

AlterNet

©2008-2011 Patricia Garza

 
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