Woman May be Charged for Killing Unborn Baby in Shooting

State   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Feb 20, 2012   |   8:43PM   |   Alliston, AL

A woman may be charged with murder for killing an unborn baby during a shooting in Alabama. Shronta Marie Clifton, 27, has been charged with assault for shooting another 27-year-old woman and Anniston, Alabama.

The victim was in her first trimester of pregnancy. The woman who was shot was rushed to the hospital and survived, but her unborn baby did not. Now, police are trying to determine whether or not the shooting caused the miscarriage.  Based on this investigation, which is likely to show that the gunshot is responsible for the death of the unborn baby, Clifton will likely be charged with murder.

In Alabama, criminal code defines a homicide victim as “a human being, including an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability.”

Clifton is being held without bail at the Calhoun County Jail. She currently faces charges for first-degree assault, but this charge could be upgraded at any time.
More information about the law protecting unborn babies from criminal violence and other legislation in Alabama has been compiled by Americans United for Life here.

The shooter in this case may face a murder charge for killing an unborn baby in the first trimester. However, if an abortionist had killed the same baby in an abortion clinic an hour before the shooting, it would not be a crime, but only one of the 3500 American abortions that occurred that day.

Last week in Raleigh, North Carolina Jason Young was standing trial for the murder of his wife Michelle. Michelle Young was pregnant at the time of her death. Michelle Young lost her first unborn baby after an accident, which cause the baby to die in utero. When she became pregnant for the second time, her husband Jason pressured her to abort the baby. His refusal to accept his wife’s pregnancy put a strain on their marriage, but they stayed together after baby Cassidy was born in 2004.

Earlier this year, in Broward County, Florida, a man has been convicted of two counts of murder for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The court determined that Edward Jermaine Babbs killed Stephanie Rabsatt by shooting her in the abdomen and head on Oct.1, 2009. Rabsatt was almost 8 months pregnant with a son, who she had named Jayden. Babbs, who was the baby’s father, had been pressuring her to abort. Her refusal to have an abortion and the imminent birth of her son was what triggered the murder, according to police.

Rasblatts’ family was in the courtroom when Babbs was sentenced to life in prison. They tearfully told reporters that they felt justice had been done but that the grief of losing their loved ones would never go away.

“She was a brilliant child,” Rabsatt’s mother, Karen Moore, said after the verdict was revealed, “She was loving and kind, and she loved her baby.”

Also this year, a man who killed his pregnant girlfriend on her due date after she refused an abortion has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime.

On November 8, 2011, LifeNews covered the tragic death of Niasha Delain, 25, who was brutally stabbed on the day she was supposed to give birth to a son. The stabbing, which was described by the prosecutor as “a crime of almost unimaginable viciousness” took place in October of 2008.

The convicted murderer, Derrick Reed, had been pressuring Delain to have an abortion for months, according to her friends and family and police. Under current law, Reid could only be charged with one murder despite the death of Delain’s full term son. The baby, who could easily have survived outside the womb, was to have been named Aidan by his mother.

Delain’s mother, Towanda Wimms, has urged state lawmakers to make it a crime to take the life of an unborn child during the commission of a homicide.

LifeNews.com Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs ClinicQuotes.com, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry.