greeney2 wrote:If a murder occurs and a fetus also dies inside the Mother, than are you calling it a life at that point? Even if the Mother survives some thrama from a crime and the fetus dies, your theory of life not beginning until the first breath, wouldn't support our justice system. If a fetus dies in the commission of a crime, that is a murder charge. Our laws do consider a fetus a life.
There is a double standard to this law that has always puzzled me. Roe vs Wade states that a woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason up until the "point at which the fetus becomes viable". This being defined as 28 weeks or as early as 24 weeks. If the law doesn't consider a fetus viable before 24 weeks in the case of Roe vs Wade, how is it that that the law charges double murder for a fetus less than 24 weeks?
Twenty-six states plus the federal government extend fetal-homicide protection to preborn babies at any stage of pre-natal development:
AL, AK, AZ, GA, ID, IL, KY, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WV and WI
Eleven other states extend protection only after the preborn child reaches a certain stage of gestation:
AR (12 weeks)
CA (7-8 weeks)
IA (second trimester)
NV ("unborn quick child" – probably first fetal movement)
WA ("unborn quick child")
According to the double murder law, is not abortion murder?