An Australian court judge has ruled that physical violence to a pregnant woman’s abdomen to deliberately kill the unborn baby does not constitute murder—nor manslaughter—not even “grievous bodily harm”.
The case arose when a Sydney man could not persuade his girlfriend to abort their baby, so he attacked her when she was 24 weeks pregnant.
Tragically, the unborn baby bled to death, and “did not take a breath outside the uterus”.
While the judge acknowledged the woman had “some soreness”, there was no evidence to show grievous bodily harm. “At common law, a foetus cannot be a victim of violence.”
The Australian, 10 October 2003, p. 7.
The Bible makes it clear that the unborn baby is a person (Genesis 25:21–22, Psalm 139:13–16, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 1:41–44). From conception, the embryo is biologically fully human, with its full complement of DNA. Well before the 24th week, this person is moving—even sucking a thumb. But the ruling, while distressing, is not surprising. Aided by large sectors of Christendom, Western society has rejected the Bible’s authority in Genesis in favour of the “scientific consensus”—which also says we are just evolved animals. Even endangered animals have received more sympathy from the courts.
-from Answers in Genesis.org