Abortion issue :

@frodloo (424)
May 10, 2007 10:44pm CST
If a pregnant woman is killed, is her assailant charged with two murders or one ?
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7 responses
• United States
11 May 07
It depends on whether the state/country/applicable legal region has fetal homicide laws. I they do, then the assailant can potentially be charged with two deaths, depending on where the fetus was in realtion to the lines drawn by the fetal homicide law. The state of Kansas did not have any fetal homicide laws up until a couple of days ago when the governor signed into law a bill that was the result of the murder of a pregnant 14 year old. My $0.02 at the moment.
@thefuture (1749)
• Nigeria
11 May 07
Well am not a law student, but I think the assailant should be charged of two murders. Thanks and have a nice day.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
In the United States, the assailant is charged with two murders. It has to do with intention. If the woman is obviously showing, the murderer knew she was pregnant, and since he was stalking her, he could have waited until the baby was born or killed her earlier. Therefore he intended to kill both her and the baby. In Canada, the killer is only charged with the murder of the woman, since Canadian law does not recognize the unborn as a human being. I guess it is all those Harry Potter books read up here. They believe that the fetus or whatever is changed to a human being at birth.
@eden32 (3975)
• United States
23 Aug 07
It depends on the laws of your community & the pregnancy's viability. A pregnancy in the last trimester is viable, a baby born after 28 weeks (3rd trimester) has a very good chance of surviving. A pregnancy that ends at 12 weeks has no chance of life, and would be considered a miscarriage. A person murders a woman who's say 14 weeks along, is not going to be charged with 2 murders. Whereas it's possible they'd be charged with 2 if the woman was 32 weeks along.
@free2lmao (230)
• United States
23 Aug 07
hmmm...I think that they should be charged with two murders. That was two lives they took. Even thouh the baby wasn't born yet the baby would have been and could have lived a healthy live. It shouldnt even matter if the person knew the girl was pregant or not. The fact of the matter is the person took two potential lives with one.
@serenae (161)
• United States
16 May 07
Where I live they would be charged with 2 murders. I personally believe that it should be like that everywhere. The murderer killed 2 lives not just one. Just because the baby isn't born yet doesn't mean it isn't alive because it very much so is alive. That baby has a heart beat, the baby needs food, in some cases the baby is kicking, and moving around. To me that means that the baby is very much so alive. So I personally believe that they should without a doubt be charged with 2 murders no question about it. I apologize if I rambled a little I just get very emoitional when it comes to anything that has to do with children.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
15 May 07
Wow, that is just a good one and I have never thought about that before. I'd say the person will be charged for two murders.