A couple is suing two doctors at a Missouri hospital for the wrongful death of their unborn son Kaden. The mother, Arteisha Betts, was cautioned by Dr. Moore that her baby had a large abdomen and would have to be delivered C-section. Ms. Betts went into labor early at 28 weeks, and she was pressured to deliver the baby naturally instead of by C-section because the other doctor, Dr. Webb, apparently refused to perform the operation without trying a vaginal delivery first. CBS St. Louis reported:
During the birth, Kaden’s body allegedly became stuck inside the birth canal due to the size of his abdomen, after the head and one arm had been delivered successfully. When Webb attempted to apply traction to the child’s underarm and head to dislodge him, he allegedly removed Kaden’s head from his body.
As blood was spilling out from Kaden’s neck, the doctor pushed the baby back up the birth canal and called for an emergency C-section. According to the lawsuit, the doctor had attempted to hide the decapitation of the baby by pushing the baby back into the mother.
This is a heartbreaking tragedy. What might be more of a tragedy is the fact that if the mother had ordered a partial-birth abortion, this wouldn’t even be news at all. A couple of careless doctors causing the death of an unborn baby is newsworthy, and the doctors might face charges and settlements, but doctors making livings by murdering unborn babies is too normal to be news.
The laws are inconsistent. A pregnant woman can be injured in a fight, and her unborn baby killed, and the attacker can be charged with fetal homicide, and that would be news.
OB doctors can face medical malpractice lawsuits if they cause any harm to an unborn baby. It’s possible that the 2 Missouri doctors above could lose their licenses because of the baby’s death, and that also would be news.
Last month in Florida, a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a car accident by a drunk driver who hit the woman head on. The drunk driver now faces 2 counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter. One for the mother, and one for the unborn child.
I know this is a lot to ask, but can’t liberals see the inconsistency here? The law seems to recognize the fact that unborn babies are humans and should be protected as such under the law. At the same time, it’s completely inconsistent because if a mother doesn’t want to keep her baby, she simply has to pay a doctor to act as a hitman to kill her child. Then it’s ok. And it’s not just permissible, it’s all but encouraged by our government with the way they propagate the overpopulation myth, fund Planned Parenthood and force employers through Obamacare to have their insurance policies cover abortions.
If liberals are in favor of pressing charges against the Missouri doctors, then to be consistent, they should also be in favor of criminalizing abortion. I know. Asking a liberal to be consistent is asking too much.