Every breathe you take… (Doesn’t make you human)
Let me get this straight: a child in the third trimester of its life dies from being violently extracted from the womb of his already murdered mother by the same killer, but the killer can’t be prosecuted for the death of the child unless it can be proven that said child took a breathe of air?. There is a physiological component that says the organism (the child) requires air to be viable as a human, or, must be able to breathe air on its own.
In the first case, babies in the womb, as any doctor will tell you, receive air from their mothers. They receive oxygen from red blood cells, which are carried through the placenta from the mother to the child. And the un-oxygenated blood cells then return to the mother where they go back to the heart and lungs to receive more oxygen. So the requirement of air/oxygen for the unborn child to be considered viably human under the law is not only present, but also, constant and life sustaining. The point here is the alleged killer, at minimum, by murdering the mother, denied air/oxygen to the child as well which would’ve lead to eventual death if the child was left within its mothers body. In this case it wasn’t. So, shouldn’t there, at least, be a charge of attempted manslaughter? Assuming that the mother of the child was the only vehicle for air/oxygen the child relied upon, would it seem an dissimilar outrage if the alleged killer, (instead of killing this mother and child), walked into some hospital and unplugged the respirator of any baby whose lungs were (perhaps) not fully developed enough to breathe on its own? What would be the charge then? The outrage?
Secondly, the obvious; the child may or may not have been allowed the chance to breathe on its own, and thus, claim viability as a human according to the law. The reality is, if the child breathed his first breath before death there was only a physiological change in the “mode of breathing” and temporary at that. Air is air, oxygen is oxygen, no matter the form. And let’s not forget that episodic spontaneous breathing movement has been observed in the healthy human fetus as early as ten weeks gestational age. (Conners et al., “Control of Fetal Breathing in the Human Fetus,” Am J. OB-GYN, April ‘89, p. 932) So children do display signs of their humanity even before birth by the same “involuntary act of breathing” attributed to human life . In either case–or mode–both mother and child died in an involuntary manner that requires equal justice for both…
So, to my understanding what we have here according to the non-laws of Oregon, is a fully legal abortion carried out by a person during the grave illegal act of committing homicide. Right? Maybe I’m being cynical or I’m missing something here, so correct me if I’m wrong (I’m not a legal scholar), but this grisly episode sounds a lot like the same twisted rational for defending Partial Birth Abortion. Here’s the crime the procedure commits as posted on another site describing the actions of a man, George Tiller, whom some in our society would consider a hero and martyr. You tell me if both crimes sound similar:
“Partial Birth Abortion involves delivering a kicking and living child feet-first but stopping short of removing the child’s head from the mother’s body. At this point, the child’s arms and legs are dangling and kicking. An instrument is inserted into the mother to pierce the child’s skull, and remove the contents of its brain. The child is then dead and removed fully from the mother’s body. There is really no practical difference in the nature of this child’s life versus the nature of a fully delivered child…”
Yes, the nature of human life. In this case that human life was named John Stephens, along with his mother, Heather Snively.
I was sent the following call to action from VOCAL. It’s my hope that Catholic Oregonians will respond in kind to the supreme social justice issue of our time… Carolyn’s plea follows:
james mary evans
The murder of 21 year old Heather Snively and her unborn child highlights a grave injustice in Oregon’s law. Korena Elaine Roberts is accused of killing Heather and cutting her unborn child from her womb. Both Heather and her unborn baby died from the attack but under Oregon law the District Attorney can not charge Roberts with the murder of the baby unless it is proven that the baby took a breath of air before dying. According to Oregonian report, the deputy state medical examiner, Dr. Christopher Young said, “both the mom and child appeared healthy, there was no other reason for them to die.”Senator Bruce Starr (R–Hillsboro) has requested a bill [SEE HERE] that will allow separate murder charges for the killing of an unborn child during a criminal act. “There is no doubt that there are two victims, two crimes and two instances where justice must be served,” said Starr. “The family of Heather Snively and her son John Stephens will always grieve for two, and the law should recognize that two lives were ended on Friday, not just one.”In 2005 the Oregon Legislature considered a similar bill. The bill passed in the House with bi-partisan support but was refused a vote in the Senate. HB 2020 Was the Laci/Connor Peterson Bill to expand criminal homicide to include causing death of unborn child.VOCAL at the time http://vocalblog.blogspot.com/2005/02/connor-petersons-grandfather-to-speak_19.html….At that time the Oregon Catholic Conference did NO lobbying either with Bob Castagna at the helm…He is now at Kentucky Oregon Catholic Conference….some things never change…Catholics give good benefits and there is job security.
36 other states have similar unborn victims of violence laws.
ACTION: Call the following Senators and ask them to support Sen. Starr’s bill:
-Senate President Peter Courtney 503.986.1600
-Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin 503.986.1700
The Oregon Legislature is scheduled to adjourn in a matter of days. Oregonians must act now, if the bill has any chance of becoming law.
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