Friday, November 30, 2007

Attempted first-degree intentional homicide??

When I saw the blurb yesterday about this guy in Kaukauna who slipped his girlfriend RU-486 to cause miscarriages, I figured he'd be charged with falsely obtaining the drug, or dispensing without a license--something that would put him away for awhile but wouldn't offend the delicate sensibilities of Madison by suggesting the dead baby was a human. Pleasantly wrong, I was:
In addition to attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, Manishkumar Patel was charged Thursday with second-degree reckless endangerment, placing foreign objects in food, delivery and possession of prescription drugs, stalking, burglary and possession of burglary tools, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order that his girlfriend obtained against him.

I'm shocked to learn that killing an unborn baby 5-7 weeks into gestation is a crime--let alone murder--under ANY circumstance, but it's a pleasant shock. WI isn't all as "progressive" as I thought. Attempted homicide, because at that age natural miscarriages aren't uncommon, but they're open to more charges if they discover more evidence.

I expect protests, and not against the boyfriend. If people start thinking a fetus in the first trimester is a human being....

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