A Manitoba driver runs a stop sign at 90 kilometers an hour, hitting a woman who is eight months pregnant. The woman survives and regains her health.
Her baby dies.
The driver is fined $54 for running a stop sign. The judge rules that no one died, since the child is not a “person.” He bases his argument on the Supreme Court of Canada’s Sullivan/Lemay midwife decision of March 1991.
Compare this Canadian case with two similar incidents in the USA.
San Diego, CA.
Last year, on December 9, a jury in San Diego, California convicted a 21-year-old robber of murder in the death of an unborn baby, about 25 weeks of age. The child’s mother, a cashier at a cheque-cashing outlet, was wounded during the robbery.
The baby was born dead some hours after the assault as a result of his mother’s blood loss and shock.
In early February, 1992, state prosecutors in Georgia charged an Atlanta man with fetal homicide. Drunk at the time, he ran through a red light and struck a car driven by pregnant Clynette Watson-Davis, age 35.
Mrs. Watson-Davis had a miscarriage following the accident.
In Canadian law, as Winnipeg’s ProLife News points out (Jan-Feb. ’92 edition) a baby’s life has no value.
In Canada an unborn baby is “legally naked.”