Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A fetus just may be human

Supreme Court's Levkovic decision says unborn baby is a child for purposes of law
Woman explains developmental stages of unborn baby at pro-life seminar in Manila. CNS photo / Romeo Ranoco, Reuters.
An unborn baby is a child under the law if likely to be born alive, says the Supreme Court in its May 3 Levkovic decision. Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News reports:

That's the crux of the court's unanimous decision that orders a new trial for Ivana Levkovic, a former stripper who left the body of a nearly full term baby girl in a bag to decompose on her apartment's balcony. Levkovic had been charged with Section 243 of the Criminal Code that makes it illegal to conceal a delivery of a pregnancy whether the "child died before, during, or after birth."

The trial judge had acquitted Levkovic because it was impossible to determine when the baby had died. He had also struck the word "before" from the law, but the Appeal Court reinstated it. The Supreme Court upheld the Appeal Court's decision.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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