Critics Seek Law Change After CO Fetus Killing Lacks Murder Charge


Michelle Wilkins, seven months pregnant, appeared at the Colorado home of a woman who had posted an online ad selling baby clothes. The woman beat and choked Wilkins and cut her fetus from her womb with a kitchen knife. After prosecutors said they would not file murder charges in the death of the fetus, reports the New York Times, a politically tinged furor erupted over how the legal system draws the boundaries between what is life and what is not when pregnant women are crime victims. The Catholic archbishop in Denver called the prosecutor's decision a “travesty.” Small protests broke out denouncing the decision. Republican legislators said they would try to pass a law so that someone suspected of causing the death of “an unborn member of the species” could be charged with homicide.

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