WASHINGTON, May 27 ( – Yesterday the US Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a South Carolina law which affords children in the womb protection from substance abuse by their mothers. While other state courts have disallowed such laws, a South Carolina court ruled it “absurd to recognize the viable fetus as a person for purposes of homicide laws and wrongful-death statutes but not for purposes of statutes proscribing child abuse.” The law, instituted in 1989, requires professionals to report fetal abuse as they would all child abuse under pain of imprisonment.

In the case of Whitner v. South Carolina, Cornelia Whitner and Malissa Ann Crawley attempted to defeat the law with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-abortion groups. Whitmer was sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing her in utero child with crack cocaine.


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