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When a criminal attacks a pregnant woman killing or injuring her andor her unborn child has he or she claimed one victim or two Over the past few years we as Americans have considered that question in light of the much-publicized cases involving the unfortunate deaths of unborn children andor their mothers The term that is being used in court cases across the United States that refers to the death of an unborn child resulting from a criminal act is fetal homicide Fetal homicide has become the topic on many American minds I believe along with many other Americans that when a criminal is found to be responsible for the death of an unborn child he or she should be charged with the murder of that fetusFetal homicide has become a major focus of many Americans throughout the United States The reason for this extra attention is because of the many cases of fetal homicide showing up across the nation During March of 2003 in Pennsylvania a woman was convicted of murder after she kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach during a fight Jennings which resulted in the death of the womans fetus In Stanton Kentucky in 2002 a woman was struck by a drunk driver which resulted in the birth of a stillborn baby Yetter In Pike County Kentucky in 2001 a man lost both his wife and unborn child as the result of a car accident caused by a drug-impaired driver Yetter The most recent case is the double-murder case in California in December 2002 in which a man is charged with the murder of his wife and their unborn child Jennings From California to Maine every state has heard of or been involved in a fetal homicide case These are just a few of the many cases that have brought heightened attention to the question of when fetuses should be recognized as living human beings Historically a fetus was not recognized
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