Currently, a multitude of states have laws punishing what is described as fetal homicide. Essentially, if a person (un)intentionally causes the death of a fetus they can be charged with murder or manslaughter just as if it had been a post-birth human being. The only exception is if the mother commissions the death via an abortion doctor.
What effect do fetal homicide laws have on arguments people use to defend abortion?
It seems these laws create seemingly confused consequences. Take for example a situation where a woman is on her way to have an abortion and she is in a car accident where her baby dies. If the other driver is at fault for the collision, he can be charged with a crime whereas the doctor who was about to do the very same thing but with surgical tools is protected by law…unless he was the driver who killed the baby.
If fetal homicide laws don’t make any considerations as to the nature of what it is that’s inside the womb, doesn’t that imply that the state knows that killing a pre-born human being is morally wrong?