This story is as political as any you’ll read this week.
In Alabama, a pregnant woman was shot in the stomach during an altercation. Her unborn child died.
The state considers unborn babies to be people (please see “LANDMARK RULING: A Court In Alabama Declares Aborted Babies People With Human Rights“), ergo charges were brought for the murder of the child — against the mother, not the shooter.
27-year-old Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when she started a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison over Marshae’s baby’s father. According to police, Ebony was defending herself when she shot Marshae.
Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid:
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby. It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.”
The contrast between that outlook and the perspective of, for example, New York City — where government has conferred upon its citizenry the right to murder babies seconds before they are born (here and here) — is stunning.
How could there exist such different moral principles among people in the same society? Or any societies?
Such disparity clearly fits with the original idea of the United States — one increasingly devastated by our national Congress on both sides of the aisle — that each state should have the right to make its own laws, apart from those of other states.
More from Officer Reid, via the venerable Al.com:
“Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here. She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.”
The pro-abortion Yellowhammer Fund is none too impressed with the charges, made clear by Executive Director Amanda Reyes, who for some unknown reason wanted to point out Marshae’s racial makeup, as well as the racial makeup of who she predicts will be shot and prosecuted tomorrow, too — or prosecuted for drinking alcohol or not acquiring proper medical care. She also accused Alabama of considering it a mother’s responsibility to produce a healthy baby:
“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act. Today, Marshae Jones is being charged with manslaughter for being pregnant and getting shot while engaging in an altercation with a person who had a gun. Tomorrow, it will be another black woman, maybe for having a drink while pregnant. And after that, another, for not obtaining adequate prenatal care.”
Why will it be “another black woman”? And what if it’s a Hungarian woman instead? A Salvadorean? A Cuban? An Icelander? Different?
Apart from viewing people according to their race, the slippery slope is certainly a legislative and judicial reality capable of wreaking havoc. And the Jefferson County grand jury made a bold move. Do you believe the charges are justified?
Please let us all know in the Comments section. I look forward to learning from you.
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