Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Sanctity Of Life Of Unborn Babies And Recognizes Personhood
January 31, 2019 13:55 By Mambee
A state Supreme Court has decided to go against prevailing opinions and recognize the personhood of unborn babies.
Your baby is a person
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According to Page, by the 13th week, the baby can respond to touch. As for tastes and smells, your baby tastes through the sense of smell.
Thus, the taste of what you eat seep through the womb to the amniotic fluid, which the baby constantly swallows.
As early as 16 weeks, your baby can hear sounds and, as time goes on, they can recognize your voice and their father's.
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This is why a baby can respond to loud music by kicking. From week 25, your baby will be able to see.
These abilities help both mother and child bond, and show that unborn babies have the five senses, just like adults.
The controversial ruling
In 2017, Kimberly Stinnett sued a doctor for ending a viable pregnancy, but her case was dismissed. Nevertheless, she appealed to the Alabama Supreme court, and she got a favourable ruling this time. The case was to be properly tried in the lower court.
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She explained that her usual doctor had not been available, so Dr. Karla Kennedy filled in. Upon examination, Kennedy told Stinnett that she had an ectopic pregnancy, a condition she had suffered before.
The doctor went on to administer methotrexate, a drug that, the higher court noted, was meant to induce abortion.
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However, Stinnett’s regular doctor, Dr William Huggins, examined her later but did not see any signs of an ectopic pregnancy and predicted that the mother-to-be would suffer a miscarriage due to the drug.
True enough, she did.
When Stinnett’s case was initially dismissed, Judge Thomas Parker noted, after it was brought before him at the state Supreme Court, that:
“The use of the viability standard established in Roe [Roe v. Wade] is incoherent as it relates to wrongful-death law because, among other reasons, life begins at the moment of conception. The fact that life begins at conception is beyond refutation.”
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The Roe v. Wade is a reference to the 1973 case in which the U.S Supreme Court’s decision set the precedent for the nationwide legalization of abortion.
In a similar case back in 2009, a man was convicted for killing both his wife and unborn child.
The reactions on social media to this ruling have been mixed.
It is commendable that someone is standing up for the vulnerable members of society, both born and unborn. However, what do you think about the ruling? Do you agree with the court of Alabama?