When Does Life Begin? Pregnant Woman’s Unborn Child Counted among 26 Killed in Texas Shooting

November 10, 2017

(Newsweek) – If a pregnant woman is murdered, does the death count as one or two victims? When a gunman entered a Texas church and methodically shot everyone he saw, he killed 25 people, including an eight-month pregnant woman named Crystal Holcombe. But by Texas law, the final death count was 26 to account for Holcombe’s unborn child. Amid legal debate and legislative pushes to create personhood status for unborn children, a fetus is actually counted as a separate person in a majority of state criminal cases thanks to “feticide” laws” in 38 states, which create legal penalties for crimes involving pregnant women.

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