When is an abortion a murder? Just think about that question for awhile. Some people will say every single time. Some people will say never. Some people will say only after a certain number of weeks.Time is a very arbitrary thing. What happens magically between 19 weeks 6 days and 20 weeks one day? Since the exact date of conception is almost never known, it’s always a guestimate.
But living in “society” as we do, we neatly divide the process of life into agreed-upon increments and make laws based on those increments.A woman in Georgia now faces a murder charge because her process and timing did not match the agreed-upon practice.
Twenty-three-year-old Kenlissia Jones has been charged with murder after the death of her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus she delivered in an abortion attempt.
WALB reports Jones was charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug (Cytotec). The drug induces labor but is not intended to be used as an abortifacient and may rupture the uterus.Officials said Jones took the pill that she purchased on the internet, and delivered her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus while inside a car.
A neighbor was driving Jones to the hospital and the baby died about 30 minutes after they arrived. Jones already has a two-year-old son who has been placed in the guardianship of her brother and his wife. Jones is now in jail without bond.
WALB says Georgia law states that no abortions are authorized after the first trimester unless they are performed in a licensed hospital, in a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or in a health facility licensed as an abortion facility by the Department of Community Health and the pregnancy is diagnosed as “medically futile” or for the health and safety of the mother.Maybe just a week earlier, Jones could have gone to an abortion facility and terminated her pregnancy. Then it wouldn’t have been called murder. It would have been called “her choice.”
Funny how that works, isn’t it?