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Court allows murder charges against meth-addict mother for baby’s stillbirth

Court allows murder charges against meth-addict mother for baby’s stillbirth

The California Supreme Court allowed the prosecution of Chelsea Becker who was charged with murder after authorities said she used methamphetamine before her fetus was stillborn. California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra challenged the charge. Hanford resident Becker, 26, is in custody on $2 million bail since the 2019 stillbirth of her 8.5-month fetus. She has pleaded not guilty.

Sanden Shelton
Sanden Shelton 1 months

“This is a case about a person who did specific acts that resulted in the death of a viable fetus.” So some specific acts that result in the death of a viable fetus are "reproductive rights" and others are "murder". Got it.

Oren 1 months

For those asking how this differs from abortion / could be illegal in California, here's the deal: Once upon a time in California, a man beat his girlfriend to intentionally cause her to miscarry. He was arrested, but ultimately they could not charge him with anything under the law at the time. So the legislature passed a law stating essentially that "anyone who causes a woman to miscarry a fetus" could be charged with murder for the action. Many years later, some activist DA in an extremely conservative county decided to twist the intent of that law to charge a woman over the miscarriage of her own fetus, and with the way it was written, the law technically allowed for that. Since then they've tried to use the tactic at every opportunity.

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 1 months

But how is it murder if it's a fetus? Does that not imply human life? Honest question, how is this any different from what places like Planned Parenthood do?

Seekster 1 months

It's murder because abortion clinics don't want competition in the baby murder industry.

IvoryDove 1 months

This is another example of a California politician violating their oath of office. Instead of prosecuting a murderer, Becerra defends her.

ConcealCarryProtect 1 months

Isn't that her body and her choice? For the record im all for charges.

Martin 1 months

treating addiction as a typical crime has run its course, demonstrably ineffective. when this poor woman sobers up she will live with the guilt for the rest of her life. adding a prison sentence isn't going to help keep her clean or help her deal with the consequences of her actions,or make her a product full member of society.

Austin 1 months

Jeez, get her help, don’t throw her in jail. She obviously has an addiction.

Matt 1 months

I get it, but if you've never faced addiction, you can't understand. She had a stillbirth probably because of it, but the justice system is having a miscarriage.

James 1 months

So the bigger question is at what point is addiction seen as a medical problem that can be treated as opposed to a criminal issue which, invariably, is not treated?

Miłosz 1 months

She'd be put on rehab & treatment in any respectable country, but well, it's the US we're talking

michael 1 months

It's california, if she wanted an abortion she is allowed to seek one. It's allowed partially to avoid the old coat hanger solution.

John 1 months

Donald Trump doesn’t have a drug addiction and knows all of what he’s doing how many deaths is he responsible for?

david dindu
david dindu 1 months

How is it legal for a mom to hire someone to give infanticide to abort whereas a drug addicted mom who doesn't know better gets blamed?

Randall 1 months

Addiction is a medical condition.

eclipseNF 1 months

And abortion is legal

Sabrina Morris
Sabrina Morris 1 months

Are they jailing her because some one wanted the baby? I wonder what the wait time for baby adoption is in California? In my area the parents have to foster children first or make over 100,000 a year with a 5 or more year wait for a baby.

Beijing Biden
Beijing Biden 1 months

Kill a baby go to jail sounds good

patrick 1 months

Horrible news

Jeff 1 months

Hasn't SCOTUS decided that a fetus isn't human therefore has no rights & that a mother can abort a fetus because it's her right to privacy? Didn't this woman take meth in the privacy of her home? Isn't SCOTUS hypocritical?

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