MONTGOMERY, ALA (Catholic Online) - On Good Friday, April 18, 20014, the Supreme Court of Alabama earned a special place in history.
In an 8-1 opinion entitled Ex parte Sarah Janie Hicks, the Court ruled that the child in the womb has rights, like every other child.
Alabama has a criminal statute to protect children from chemical endangerment. This case involved a child in the womb, J.D., who was killed because her mother ingested cocaine while she was pregnant.
The mother pled guilty - and counsel argued that the statute did not apply to an unborn child. The Court disagreed, relying on its well reasoned opinion last year in a case entitled Ankro. v. State.
The Justices properly read the statute to include all children, no matter what age, in its intended protections, saying that "the plain meaning of the word 'child,' as that word is used in the chemical-endangerment statute, includes an unborn child."
The Justices also held that "the State has a legitimate interest in protecting the life of children from the earliest stages of their development and has done so by enacting the chemical-endangerment statute."
The majority court took the time to address the horrors unleashed by the US Supreme Court in its Roe and Doe opinions. They also took on the insanity of the Casey opinion. The concurring opinions written by Chief Justice Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker are outstanding!
Click here to read the quotes from some of the judges.
If this has really happened and the ruling stands, this means the wall of legally protected abortion will begin to crumble.