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Unborn baby- relaxed (200x200)Iowa Court Rules Unborn Children Should Have the Same Rights as Born Children

May 13, 2016

The Iowa Supreme Court hesitantly admitted last week that unborn children should have the same rights as born children in cases involving a parent’s wrongful death, World Magazine reports.

The high court handed down the decision on May 6, ruling that a little girl who was still in the womb when her father died can be awarded damages for wrongful loss of parental companionship, according to the report.

Though the ruling has obvious implications for abortion, the Iowa justices tried to side-step the issue, according to the report.

“[T]he semantic argument whether an unborn child is a ‘person in being’ is beside the point,” according to the ruling. “… Any reader who scours this opinion’s interstices for implied sentiments about any context beyond the narrow parental consortium question presented undertakes a fool’s errand.”

The Iowa case involved the death of heavy metal bassist Paul Gray from Slipknot and his daughter who was still in the womb when he died. Brenna Gray was between 3 and 4 months pregnant when Paul died from an accidental drug overdose, according to the report. (Read More)

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