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Would you be charged with two counts of murder if you killed a pregnant woman?

Assuming that you would; why? If an abortion is not considered murder then why would this other scenario be murder?

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It actually has happened.

I believe the deciding factor was that the woman intended to carry the child to term, and there was no medical reason to believe she would have had any complications making the successful birth questionable.

I don't recall if the judge allowed the charge, or the outcome of the case, though.

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Anywhere if it was a woman in the later terms of pregnancy. It just depends on if the prosecution tries it.

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Yes, absolutely.

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This would be a law and order episode id watch :-)

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I believe I did see that on Law and Order! Clever of you to remember!
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Now that's a thinker. I believe so because a human not yet born is still a human.

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Yes the world is crazy. Remember when that man, Scott Peterson ,killed his preg. wife and was convicted of 2 counts of murder.

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Yes the baby is a human being too so if you kill a pregnant women and the fetus dies as well if the prosecution chooses then yes you will be charged with 2 counts of murder.

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Hmm, like knocking over and spilling philosophical BOTTLES or worms do we? o_O

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I'll be sure to remember your face when it comes up in the news under "most wanted"

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If the fetus is developed enough to live outside the womb it is consider murder.

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Depends on the state! Lost one because of an old law that the fetus wasn't a person until week 16. To me it should be double murder. I'd go one further if the woman was obviously pregnant, two counts of first degree murder. I'll get off my soapbox before I express what should happen to the perp after trial.

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Pres Bush signed into Fed Law "Lacey's Law" after the murder of Lacey Peterson who was pregnant. Lacey's Law makes it a Fed crime to kill a pregnant woman even if the fetus survives & also makes it double homicide if the fetus is also killed. Murder by another's hand is not permitted, murder by your own (suicide, abortion) is.

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