Thursday, November 29, 2007

Will someone explain this to me?

How messed up are we in this country? This story is warped and disturbing on so many levels.

Man Charged With Murder for Slipping Abortion Drug to Girlfriend to Cause Miscarriages
Thursday, November 29, 2007 /Associated Press

APPLETON, Wis. — A married man has been charged with murder for slipping his girlfriend a drug that authorities say caused her to miscarry twice. Manishkumar M. Patel, 34, of Appleton, was charged Thursday afternoon with first-degree murder of an unborn child, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, placing foreign objects in edibles, possession with intent to deliver prescriptions, stalking, burglary, possession of burglary tools, and two counts of violating a restraining order.

The woman already had a 3-year-old child with Patel, who was married to someone else, Outagamie County sheriff's Capt. Michael Jobe said at a news conference. She became pregnant two more times, but miscarried in December and September, he said.

Apparently suspecting she had been slipped mifespristone, the abortion pill also known as RU-486, the woman had a blood sample sent to a California lab for analysis, Jobe said. When it tested positive for the drug, she approached the sheriff's department Nov. 1. Patel was arrested Wednesday. He had been living in a house owned by the woman, Jobe said. It wasn't clear where his wife was.

Sheriff's investigators said Patel admitted putting the drug in something the woman consumed without her knowledge. Jobe didn't say how she ingested the drug.

Wisconsin is one of 36 states with a "fetal homicide" law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Under the 1998 law, anyone who attacks a pregnant woman and injures or kills her fetus could face life in prison.

The law was passed after Tracy Scheide of Milwaukee accused her husband, Glenndale Black, of beating her in 1992 when she was nine months pregnant. Her baby was stillborn. A jury convicted Black of reckless injury and false imprisonment but acquitted him of violating an old anti-abortion law against causing the death of a fetus. Black was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Scheide divorced him and lobbied to get the bill passed.

I readily admit to not being the sharpest knife in the legal drawer, but something is seriously askew with the law in this situation. A doctor can slaughter a baby in the womb, so long as the mother says it's O.K., but when a person who is not a doctor does the same thing without the woman's consent, he or she can be guilty of murder? So, the only thing that makes the slaughter of a baby murder is the consent of the woman carrying the child? Seriously? I have to be missing something here.

God help us.


rgmann said...

It’s really quite simple. You see, it’s not a “baby” when the mother wants it killed; it’s only a “baby” when someone else wants it killed…like the father. It’s right there in the “Equal Rights” Legal Dictionary, published by NARAL. Duh! I have a knife sharpener if you need one. :-)

AJF said...

I'm afraid you are right.

Rick Calohan said...

Because there is a “Culture of Death” that is prevalent in the United States therefore those who support “Privacy” the new term being used by the Democratic Presidential Candidates who are Pro-Abortion or is that Pro-Choice, wait I am Pro-Choice, I choose Life, see how that can be confused? As Martin Luther knew, the Bible in German has a great impact on Germans than a Bible in Latin. Words have meaning thus

Fetus: Latin for unborn baby
Brethos : Greek for unborn baby

The late Dr. Kennedy had an excellent sermon titled Abortion: Myths and Realities

Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother's life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother's health, the doctor will induce labor or perform a Caesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby's life is never willfully destroyed because the mother's life is in danger. C. Everett Koop, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General

GUNNY said...

I find prosecution of this sort encouraging, however.

I hold out hope that somewhere somebody will say, "Wait a minute. If it's murder when it's a baby in the womb, then it must be a human, and if it's a human, then it's a human whether the mom wants to love it or not."

I know ... it's far-fetched, but I have to think at some point someone will try to use these cases as precedent to show that the courts recognize human life in the woman as human life.

GUNNY said...

To add to your consternation ... This is a story from 2005.

I like the verdict, don't get me wrong. But isn't it a little wacked out that he eats it Reno-style while she is off Scott-free?

Man Gets Life for Causing Miscarriage

LUFKIN, Texas — A 19-year-old accused of causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry two fetuses by stepping on her stomach was convicted Monday of two counts of murder.

Gerardo Flores received an automatic life sentence because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, which was available under the state's 2003 fetus protection law.

Erica Basoria, 17, acknowledged asking Flores to help end her pregnancy; she could not be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion.

The defense contended that Basoria punched herself while Flores was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who caused the miscarriage.

Basoria told authorities that, after about four months of pregnancy, she regretted not getting an abortion and started jogging and hitting herself to induce a miscarriage. When her efforts failed, she said she asked her boyfriend to help.

Flores did not testify, but earlier told police that he stepped on Basoria's stomach several times during the week before she miscarried.

Prosecutor Art Bauereiss said most of Basoria's family was pleased with the jury's decision. But Basoria, who sobbed as she left the Angelina County Courthouse, had stood by Flores.

"It's just tragedy all around," said Flores' attorney, Ryan Deaton.

Texas law defines an embryo or fetus as an "individual" and allows criminal prosecution or civil action for a preventable injury or death of a fetus. The law exempts health care providers who perform a legal medical procedure, such as an abortion.

Frontier Forest said...

We should all pray for and standing behind the brave Phil Kline! Because of his tireless efforts, I pray finally, we will get an indictment against "planed murder-hood!" Then maybe we can move to silence the knives of the murderous George Tiller! With out any conscience whatsoever, I wonder how many vicious and senseless partial-birth abortions he has preformed?