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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 11:05 PM
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109. A little background
If I am not mistaken, the law under which the man is being prosecuted was passed by the California State Legislature after an incident similar to this one about 30 years ago. Abortion was yet to become a hotbutton item at that time.

The intent of the legislature was not to grant some sort of personhood to a fetus in the sense that foes of women's rights would impose. The law needn't be interpreted that way.

If anybody has the right to confer personhood on a fetus, it is the mother. She does so by choosing to carry the pregnancy to term. Since the woman in this case was midterm and still had not had an abortion, I will not consider it too hazardous to assume she intended to have the child.

Interpreted that way, this is a perfectly good law. Personally, I would make no changes in it.

Prosecute the bum.
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