November 17, 1991 |
An aborted female fetus was found in a toilet inside the women's restroom of a Center City hotel yesterday, police said. The fetus was likely 4 to 6 months old, although the exact age will not be determined until after an examination at the Medical Examiner's Office this morning, an official said. The exam will also determine whether the abortion was natural - that is, spontaneous - or whether it was induced. The fetus was found shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the front-lobby restroom of the Radisson Suites hotel in the 1800 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by night manager Davina Thurmond, detectives said.
March 27, 1991 |
When does a fetus become a person? The question has haunted the abortion issue, and now, for perhaps the first time in the country, it has arisen here in a criminal case. Lazaro Pedrosa, 35, admitted stabbing his pregnant live-in girlfriend, Anna Serrano, 26, in 1989. In doing so, he wounded the 5-month-old fetus, and the baby was born premature and deformed. Last month, Pedrosa pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault, involving the wounding of both the mother and the fetus, despite objections by the Defender Association that a fetus is not a person.
May 18, 1994 |
The California Supreme Court this week held that a person can be convicted of murder for causing the death of a fetus that could have been legally aborted. That decision is unquestionably a monumental one with serious implications for both pro-choice and pro-life communities. Frankly, I never understood how any court could take a different position in a society that insists it has a unique reverence for life. I stand firmly against abortions, for almost any reason. My view was formulated when I witnessed, close up, the results of an abortion.
April 26, 1989 |
Legislation that would make the accidental or purposeful killing of a viable fetus a felony passed the state House of Representatives yesterday without dissent. The measures would not apply to women seeking legal abortions or physicians performing them. Under the legislation, which consists of three bills that now go to the state Senate, a person who causes the death of a viable fetus in the process of murdering or trying to murder or cause "serious physical injury" to a pregnant woman would be guilty of first-degree feticide, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
August 13, 1999 |
The charge is homicide of an unborn child. Municipal Judge Felice R. Stack called it "murder one" after ordering ex-con Cornell Dowling, 23, to stand trial for causing the death of a 6-month-old fetus by battering his pregnant girlfriend on July 13. Dowling also was held for trial for the assault on Denise Stoner, 28. "If he would have just left," cried Stoner, an exotic dancer, during a hearing for Dowling yesterday. "My baby would be alive. I told him to leave. He wouldn't leave.
March 15, 2000 |
The courtroom spectators sat in disbelief. Several shook their heads. They were reacting to the case of a man accused of stealing an 8-month-old fetus. Lab technician Robert Williams, 32, says he had not known that the fetus was wrapped up inside a stretcher he took last Sept. 3. When he found out, Williams, of Walnut Lane near Pulaski Avenue, panicked, said Assistant District Attorney Lauren Kelly. Williams, who wanted the stretcher for his side business of transporting bodies for funeral homes, drove the fetus from the grounds of Presbyterian Hospital to his mother's Georges Lane home.
May 2, 1989 |
Despite objections from the state's top medical officials, Delaware might soon have a law that would make the accidental or purposeful killing of a viable fetus a felony, except in cases of legal abortions. A package of bills drafted by state Attorney General Charles M. Oberly 3d would make it a separate, first-degree felony offense to kill a viable fetus while in the process of murdering or trying to harm a pregnant woman. In addition, the measures would make it a lesser felony to cause the death of a viable fetus through an automobile accident in which the person at fault was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
April 29, 1999 |
Natise Johnson, 21, was only hours away from delivering a healthy baby girl when she was shot four times and killed on March 27, said a deputy medical examiner. The fetus survived for 15 minutes, but without her mother's oxygen, she died, testified Dr. Ian Hood during a preliminary hearing for the confessed killer yesterday. "The unborn child was in all respects perfectly formed," said Hood. "The baby died slowly, and after the mother died. " "I'm sorry I killed Natise and her baby," said Kareem Sampson, 20, in a statement to Homicide Detective Howard Peterman, read during a preliminary hearing.
July 16, 2001 |
A recent political movement is pressing for the classification of a fetus as an "unborn child" eligible for government funding for prenatal care. Among the champions of this principle are President Bush and Health and Human Services head Tommy Thompson. If the notion becomes part of federal policy, states like Pennsylvania could choose to redefine fetuses as low-income children eligible for health-care funds under the Children's Health Insurance Program. Many pro-choice advocates are worrying hard that this campaign may create a new means of undermining Roe v. Wade.
April 29, 1988 |
Delaware Attorney General Charles M. Oberly 3d has proposed legislation that would make it a crime for anyone to kill a fetus - except for a doctor performing an abortion or the mother herself. The "feticide" legislation that Oberly sent to the Delaware legislature's Judicial Committee this week targets assailants, muggers, murderers and drunken drivers who - intentionally or not - cause the deaths of unborn children. "If your wife is eight months pregnant," Oberly said, "and somebody comes up and punches her in the stomach and doesn't injure her and kills the baby, that should be a crime.