13 June 2004
Fetus, don't fail me now
Fourteen states have enacted laws which provide that killing a pregnant woman can result in two charges, one for the woman, one for the child on the way.
An Illinois man is complaining that the law in his state is discriminatory:
Brandon L. Carone, 20, of Algonquin, has pleaded innocent to reckless homicide, reckless homicide of an unborn child and other offenses related to a March 7, 2003, crash that killed 31-year-old Kimberly Morvay of West Dundee.
Kane County prosecutors contend Carone was high on cocaine when his car crossed the center of Randall Road in Dundee Township and plowed head-on into Morvay, who was 10 weeks pregnant.
Carone wants Kane County Judge Patricia P. Golden to declare unconstitutional Illinois' fetal homicide law.
He argues in part that the law is unfair because women are allowed to terminate their pregnancies however they choose without prosecution but men are not protected in the same way.
Roe v. Wade was cited as a precedent, which did not impress the prosecution:
Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Jody Gleason said state law and the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which protects a woman's right to end her pregnancy, do not apply to Carone.
"The defendant is not in the position that the mother is in when he made the decision to drive intoxicated," Gleason said.
What I want to know is this: How long before this case turns into promotional material for Planned Parenthood and its friends?
(Via True Blue)Posted at 12:08 PM to Political Science Fiction