Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ore. Woman Dodges Charge for Fetus Cut From Womb

(Newser) – The Oregon woman accused of cutting the fetus out of another woman has been indicted on aggravated murder charges, but she won’t be charged for the fetus’ death, the AP reports. Under Oregon law, it must be shown that a baby drew at least one breath outside the womb before any separate charge can be considered

So let's review. Baby takes breath=recognition. No breath? Tough luck! No crime took place wrt him.

Another example of Joyce Arthur's line: "fetuses are not that important."

And here's the kicker:

The aggravated murder charges allege that Korena Roberts, 27, attempted to kidnap the baby of 21-year-old Heather Snively and rob her, and tried to conceal the crimes, the DA said.

How can you "steal" a woman's so-called body part?

Treating the fetus and the woman as one leads to some interesting mental gymnastics.