Thursday, December 22, 2011
What child is this?
Two big cases coming down in the battle for life. First was the recognition of the unborn as minor children by the Utah supreme court being upheld. The other could be brewing in Tennessee. The double homicide of a mother and unborn child could be prosecuted at a state level thanks to the Tennessee version of the Lacy and Cody Peterson law we passed last year.
Tennessee’s law is very plain and specifically states that when a defendant “commits a homicide or assault against a pregnant woman, the woman’s fetus, regardless of viability, is also considered a victim of the offense.”
Tennessee joined 26 other states which define the killing of an unborn child at any stage of gestation as a form of homicide.
Studies conducted about violence against pregnant women found that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.
A good move to pass the law but lets do some deduction for the next step. The definition of viability of an unborn baby. We changed it for victims of murder. That has been upheld and is the law of the land in 26 states.
If the definition of person hood can be legislated and upheld for unborn victims of murder, why not for victims of abortion? Could the definition for a baby be set up to say a person is viable at 20 weeks? 10 weeks? two weeks? conception?
Tis the season to think of all the good done by what many would consider a child born to an un married mother. A mother with little to no income. A mother without a health care plan for her or her unborn baby. A mother practically homeless in a society that may not have looked so acceptingly at an unmarried pregnant woman.
A child that many mothers, in a moment of panic might do away with, not realizing all the good that one child could do for all of society.