Tag: fetal homicide

A Bizarre Contradiction


feticideWhile abortion is legal throughout the US — with some restrictions varying state-by-state — fetal homicide (feticide) is not. In most states, it is treated as murder. How are the two different? Presumably, if the woman carrying the fetus consents to the feticide, then she’s just exercising choice. If she doesn’t consent, people go to jail.

Thirty-eight (38) states currently recognize the “unborn child” (the term usually used) or fetus as a homicide victim, and twenty-three (23) of those states apply this principle throughout the period of pre-natal development.

Yet, paradoxically: