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the murder of a non-person?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 10, 2010

In Wyoming, a man faces an unusual set of criminal charges:

Authorities have charged Gilford with first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child in the death of Kristine Gilford, 35, who was five months pregnant and had been sharing a Villa Park apartment with her 3-year-old daughter and a friend for about three weeks.

What's all this about "intentional homicide of an unborn child"? We're in Roe v Wade territory here. The worst charge that can stick is practicing medicine without a license.

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  • Posted by: jmoore20082145 - Aug. 11, 2010 5:09 PM ET USA

    It appears that, because the woman wanted him/her, then it is an unborn child and, therefore, the perpetrator can be charged with double homicide. If the woman had not wanted to be pregnant, it would have been practicing medicine without a license.

  • Posted by: ColmCille - Aug. 10, 2010 8:11 PM ET USA

    In most states, I believe, a person can be charged with double homicide for murdering a pregnant woman. Just one example of the double standards prevalent in our society. Or perhaps a little bit of truth and justice that hasn't yet been stamped out of the system.

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