A new term for killing an unborn baby: "Fetal demise"

When the criminal proceedings concluded against Dynel Catrece Lane who cut a 7-month-old pre-born child, Aurora Wilkins, from her mother’s womb, it was determined that Wilkins Lane hadn’t really killed the unborn baby. The authorities ruled that it was fetal demise, as if the child had died on its own, the result of a miscarriage.

This bizarre legal straight jacket is another example of the extreme pro-choice abortion’s industry insistence that a pre-born baby is not a human person until after it is born.

Here’s the background:

Wilkins was seven-months pregnant and was visiting Dynel Catrece Lane’s home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist. She was beaten and stabbed before Lane cut her unborn baby from her abdomen. Left alone in the basement of the home, the victim was eventually able to call police, was rescued and rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery.

34-year-old Dynel Lane, later allegedly brought the deceased child to the hospital and claimed she’d had a miscarriage. She was arrested and booked into the Boulder County Jail.

Lane, however didn’t get of scot-free. She was sentenced to 100 years in prison after conviction on  one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of assault. And what did she get for the killing of baby Aurora? She was convicted of one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

In other words, Aurora didn’t count for much. Lane wasn’t charged with any crimes against Aurora. That’s  because the law in Colorado, where the killing took place. As District Attorney Stan Garnett explained in March,

“Under Colorado law, essentially, there is no way murder charges can be brought if it’s not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother.” And the woman who admitted she ripped a baby from a mother’s womb, won’t be charged with murder – even though the baby was alive, and allegedly gasped for breath before she died.

As Life News explained:

Unfortunately, prosecutors were not be able to bring charges for the unborn child’s death because Colorado state law does not regard unborn children as human beings who deserve justice when they are killed. This is because in 2013, Colorado Democrats killed a bill that would add the state to the list of more than 25 states that provide justice and protection for pregnant women and unborn children.

Had officials determined that the baby, named Aurora, had survived the attack and officially “been born” she would have become a victim under Colorado criminal law and prosecutors could bring charges against Lane related to her death.

As a result, the county coroner ruled that the baby’s death was a “fetal demise” — a term often associated with miscarriages when the baby dies of natural causes not an intentional act.

Doctors testified that Aurora was viable and would have survived. But she had no right to life, the Colorado law says. Along with the extremist supporters of an abortion industry that insists that nothing should stand in the way of a woman’s choice to kill her children until after it is born.

Go to the Denver Post and watch what  Michelle Wilkins has to say about the loss of her daughter, Aurora. After watching this moving video, can you still say that Aurora was not a real human person?


Emma (above), a girl born pre-maturely at 33 weeks of pregnancy, was not a person in the womb according to pro-choice extremists. Where is their compassion?

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  • The "born alive" rule is not a new invention of the "extreme pro-choice abortion's industry." It was a rule of murder at common law going back to Blackstone's Commentaries and earlier. It is still the law in Illinois and most other states. The Illinois Supreme Court held in People v. Greer in 1980 and reaffirmed in People v. Ehlert in 2004 that to be convicted of the murder of a child, the prosecution must prove that the child was born alive. Some states have changed their murder statutes to allow for murder prosecutions of unborn children. Some others, like Illinois, have defined a new homicide offense for unborn children. In Illinois that crime is Intentional Homicide of an Unborn Child, which is different from the crime of murder. Colorado is apparently one of those states to do neither.

    It seems the Colorado prosecutor did a good job of working around the limit in Colorado law by getting a one hundred year sentence for the attempted murder of the mother. I don't think you will probably find many more 100 year sentences for attempted murder.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Awk. Please see the correction in the first paragraph. It puts a different light on the discussion. I'm sorry for the mistake.

    To continue with your pertinent discussion: The issue in Colorado was whether the child had lived outside the womb. "And the woman who admitted she ripped a baby from a mother’s womb, won’t be charged with murder – even though the baby was alive, and allegedly gasped for breath before she died." A doctor said that he believed that Aurora had been born alive, but....

    It is a legal straight jacket, made to accommodate those who insist that the baby in the womb cannot be defined as a person under any circumstances. But it leads to some puzzling implications. If someone's actions lead to someone else's death, it should not make a substantial difference where it was done (inside or outside of the womb), or how long after the action in question the victim died. Lane and Lane alone was clearly responsible for Aurora's death. While the prosecutor did a good job of finding a way to impose the lengthy sentence (would it hold up under appeal?), it's sad that the law had to be bent to get the same result.

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