I read an article at LifeNews.com about a habitual drunk driver in Texas with multiple DWI convictions who killed a child in 2000 and pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide. In his most recent drunk driving episode, he hit a car driven by a pregnant woman, killing her unborn baby. He's been charged with murder.
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Texas is one of at least 38 states that recognize unborn babies as victims of violence, and the majority apply the law through every stage of gestation. In 2003, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a fetal homicide bill into law that excludes a "lawful medical procedure performed by a physician or other licensed health care provider with the requisite consent." Because the U.S. Supreme Court discovered that women have a right to privacy to have their unborn babies killed, legal termination of pregnancy falls outside the statutes.
Under fetal homicide laws, an unborn baby is a protected person. Under Roe v. Wade, an unborn baby (at least during the first-trimester) is an unprotected, non-viable, biological organism. In one scenario, killing the baby during the commission of a felony can get you charged with murder. In a different scenario, killing the baby because the mother doesn't want a huge belly to ruin her summer at the beach is a medical procedure. But if the same pregnant woman is on her way to Planned Parenthood to terminate, and a drunk driver hits her ...
SOURCE: WORLD Mag