A pregnant woman was killed in Queens. Witnesses heard her scream, “He’s going to kill the baby!” The attacker stabbed her repeatedly, including multiple stabs into her belly. It would seem he was indeed targeting the baby. The killer turned out to be the victim’s ex-boyfriend. He was caught and will be charged with one count of murder in the second degree.
You may ask, what exactly does this horrendous crime have to do with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act? Prior to that law being enacted there would have been additional charges for killing the unborn child. Now, aborting a child is never a crime, even if the abortion is performed against the mother’s will. The murder of the mother is still a crime, but killing the baby is not. That means this man will only be facing one count of murder.
A murder charge is still very serious. But what if the mother had lived? Then he would only have an attempted murder charge and the baby would still be dead. What if instead of stabbing he had just punched her repeatedly in the stomach? Then it would have been assault but the baby would still be dead.
There is an intellectual honesty here that was lacking before. Either something is or is not a human being. A “clump of cells” does not magically become a person because the mother wants it to. In the same way, a baby doesn’t turn into a meaningless clump of cells based solely on the mother’s say-so. Either it is a life or it is not. The State of New York determined that it is not.
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