Complicated

Suspect who removed fetus from a woman’s womb not charged with murder

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In Colorado, 34-year-old Dynel Lane dodged a murder charge for removing a fetus from 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins earlier this month. Lane placed a Craigslist ad selling baby clothes in order to trick Wilkins into visiting her apartment, where she allegedly stabbed the expectant mother and cut the unborn 7-month-old fetus from her womb. Lane had told her husband she was pregnant, and when he returned home later that day, she said she’d suffered a miscarriage, according to police. Lane was later arrested, and although the fetus did not survive, Lane was not charged with murder since Colorado law does not consider a fetus a person. “Under Colorado law, essentially, there is no way murder charges can be brought if it’s not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother,” District Attorney Stan Garnett said. Either way, the complex case is causing a rift, as some are advocating for a fetal homicide law and others fear this case may ultimately impact abortion rights.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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