The Florida Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” which will make it a crime to kill or injure a fetus at any stage of development during an attack on a pregnant woman.
A bill that would make it a separate crime to kill or injure a fetus in crimes committed against a pregnant woman passed the Florida House Judiciary Committee on Monday, and now heads to a vote on the house floor.
When viewed as part of this ”fetus first” landscape, fetal homicide laws quite plainly seek to exploit tragedies like that suffered by Heather Surovik in order to pursue an anti-choice agenda, which champions so-called personhood and seeks to eliminate safe abortion care access.
Bei Bei Shuai’s long ordeal is finally over, just as Purvi Patel’s begins.
Traditionally, feticide charges aren’t filed against the person who had been pregnant, though Indiana set a precedent for arresting such a person for feticide in the Bei Bei Shuai case.
Despite having no evidence that Shuai murdered her child, the prosecution is still making moves to put her on trial.
It’s already been nearly two and a half years since Shuai was charged, and now her trial may be delayed even longer.
Without a usable pathology report, the charges no longer stand up to scrutiny.
I have grown to hate the term “judicial activism” because it is frequently used by conservatives to criticize court decisions they simply don’t like. Still, there are few alternative phrases that accurately describe the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Amanda Kimbrough and Hope Ankrom, two women who were swept up in the Alabama judiciary’s zeal to promote an anti-choice personhood agenda by redefining the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute, so that it now applies to pregnant women who uses any amount of controlled substances, whether prescribed by a doctor or not.
H.B. very clearly defines an unborn child as beginning at the moment of conception.