Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Suspect in Killing of Maria Lauterbach, Marine Cpl. Laurean, Could Face Federal Unborn Victims Law

Just two days ago I blogged on the horrific news about Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach and her eight month unborn child. It seems I might have been wrong when I said

Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of 15 states without a fetal homicide law so no crime is likely to be registered against the unborn child.

LifeNews reported some welcome news today:

If he is found and convicted, the federal unborn victims law could come into play because Laurean and Lauterbach are members of the military. That's because North Carolina is one of just 15 states that don't offer legal protection for pregnant women and their unborn children.

The question of whether the federal law can come into play depends on whether Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson has jurisdiction in the case or if the military legal authorities are allowed to prosecute Laurean.

Children who are killed in this fashion deserve as much justice as their mothers. The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act might just provide that in this case.

I look forward to the day when we have the moral fortitude in Canada to enact similar legislation.

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