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Pregnant woman shoots self in stomach the day of delivery

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Zen21Tao, Mar 4, 2006.

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  1. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Well-Known Member

    As the title says, a preganant woman shot herself in the stomach the very day he was to deliver her fully develop full term baby girl. The woman was charged with "inducing an illegal abortion", using a firearm in the commision of a felony, and filing a false police report. Virginia law doesn't recognize this as murder or even fetuscide. My question to everyone is, do you think that she should be charged with first degree murder for this.

  2. Sindawe

    Sindawe Well-Known Member

    Borders on Verboten topic here. That said, ethically yes since from all appearances the fetus was viable.
  3. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    The question of when life begins is one that I view as OT.
    But from what I heard on the radio (I live in the same area) they dropped the "using a firearm in the commision of a felony" charge because the law lists specific crimes to which the charge applies. "Inducing an illegal abortion" is not on the list.
  4. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    I think she needs to be involuntarily committed.:eek:
  5. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "My question to everyone is, do you think that she should be charged with first degree murder for this."

    How can they charge her when Virginia law doesn't permit it? If they charge her it will just be thrown out.

  6. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    She needs to be locked up in the nut hatch is what needs to happen.
  7. Stand_Watie

    Stand_Watie Well-Known Member

    A unborn child isn't a "person" by the American legal definition, so a charge of murder would make a mockery of the law. Whether a child one day away from delivery should be considered a person or not, would get this thread locked for sure.

    I think of a greater significance from the perspective of gun rights, and even the right of people being able to do with their "own bodies" (legal definition, not my personal definition) as they wish is that for commiting a crime against herself (again the legal definition) a person is being charged with

    "using a firearm in the commision of a felony".

    Should we charge firearm using suicide attemptees similarly?
  8. Stand_Watie

    Stand_Watie Well-Known Member

    Mea Culpa. I didn't read all the responses before posting. Someone's boss should be asking them why the heck they didn't read the list of specific crimes before bringing the charges, and reading them the riot act for making their agency or deparment look silly.
  9. Vitamin G

    Vitamin G Well-Known Member

    If she were charged with murder... wouldn't abortion have to be illegal?

    Kinda like the catch-22 that if you shot a pregnant woman, you can be charged with murder twice... (so i hear)
  10. One of Many

    One of Many Well-Known Member

    The law now permits the removal of certain rights of 'Personhood' (voting in state and federal elections - right to own firearms) due to decisions of courts (felony convictions - domestic violence misdemeanor convictions - involuntarily committed to a mental care facility). The status of being a 'Person' under the law is completely arbitrary. If enough of the wrong kind of people achieve a sufficient level of power in government, all gunowners will find that they are no longer 'Persons' as far the law is concerned.

    We are just a few votes away from becoming the 'property' of the government; when a citizen has their rights as a 'Person' removed by the government, they become the property of the government. There is little difference between the black slaves of African ancestry (non Persons) that were owned by the Founding Fathers of this country, and the people that have been convicted of criminal acts and incarcerated. Other humans belonging to the government are those that for some reason become a 'Ward of the State'; they are not allowed to make decisions for themselves, that affect their life and welfare. Anyone that is involuntarily committed to a mental care facility becomes the property of the government. When the government decides that firearms ownership is an indicator of mental disease, you too will become the property of the government.

    This woman decided to eliminate her 'property' (the child); but she did so in a way that harmed herself - for this she will be either convicted of a felony or involuntarily committed to a mental care facility. She becomes the property of the government, and loses some of her 'Personhood' in the process.
  11. Matt G

    Matt G Moderator Emeritus


    Be aware that we will be closing this thread if it dissolves into a debate on abortion. The law is what it is, at this point, and we of the Staff of TheHighRoad have decided that the topic is not appropriate for this venue (too divisive).

    The FACT, whatever our personal feelings are about it, is that Virginia law disallows prosecution for killing the unborn baby. Discussion on the intelligence, morality, or practicality of that point is moot, at this point.

    Other than that, carry on, with the promise to remain friends afterwards.

    Best regards,

  12. bumm

    bumm Well-Known Member

    It tend to agree with those who hold the view that this is a case of severe mental illness. One's views on firearms or abortion are only tangentially related here. This lady is literaly crazy and needs serious mental help, very probably in confinment.
  13. tegemu

    tegemu Well-Known Member

    In some jurisdictions in our country committing murder or manslaughter on a near term woman results in TWO charges. What a consistant legal system we have, eh?
  14. JerryM

    JerryM Well-Known Member

  15. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Scott Peterson is on death row for the double murder of his wife and unborn child.

    I think the laws are crazy on this subject. Either a fetus is a person, or not. If it is a person, then abortion is murder. If it is not a person, then Scott Peterson should not be convicted of murder of the unborn child.

    In the case of this lady, I understand that Virginia law makes it illegal to kill the fetus "of another". So, following the letter of the law, I do not think what this woman did is technically illegal in Virginia.
  16. LAK

    LAK Well-Known Member

  17. ARperson

    ARperson Well-Known Member

    Details of this particular case aside, it sure does illustrate the contradictions of our current judicial reasoning and the mindset of our society, doesn't it?

  18. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Anyone that turns a gun on themself for whatever reason should be considered a threat to their own safety and needs intensive mental help.
  19. c_yeager

    c_yeager Well-Known Member

    Her body, her choice, right?

    Maybe you could charge her with practicing a "constitutionally protected" medical procedure without a license or something.
  20. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    I still don't understand why Scott Peterson is in jail for double homicide if what this woman did was not wrong.
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