Attacker Who Killed 13-Week Unborn Baby Faces No Charges, UK Law Says Baby Not a Human Being

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 13, 2019   |   4:45PM   |   Washington, DC

A British woman whose unborn baby died after a brutal attack is urging her country to provide justice to unborn babies who are victims of crimes.

The Scottish Sun reports Abbie Nesbit, 23, of Runcorn, Cheshire, gave birth to a stillborn baby several weeks after someone broke into her house and attacked her, potentially causing her baby’s death.

Because she was only 13 weeks pregnant at the time, British law does not recognize her unborn child as a second victim of the attack. Only after 24 weeks of pregnancy does the law allow charges related to the death of an unborn child.

Nesbit said she was excited to be pregnant for the first time. Then, on Aug. 11, she said a drunk man broke into her home and attacked her, according to the report. She said he knocked her off her feet and then threw her against a table.

“I had dropped down to the floor with the pain in my stomach. I could feel water,” she said. “I was in so much pain, I was in agony. I couldn’t walk, and I was bleeding, I was really worried about baby Jamie.”

She said she went to the hospital after the attack, and they told her that the watery discharge was normal. However, she said a scan revealed problems with her pregnancy, and doctors gave Jamie a 1-percent chance of survival, according to the report.

She refused an abortion, clinging to the hope that her child might survive; but after seven weeks, she gave birth to Jamie stillborn, the report continues.

Her attacker was charged with assault, but he did not face any charges for Jamie’s death, according to the report. Nesbit said she hopes politicians will change the law and provide justice for families like hers.

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“It won’t help us, but at least baby Jamie will have a legacy forever. We want to protect women and unborn babies,” she said. “Who is someone else to prevent that pregnancy from going any further.”

In America, most states recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances, according to the National Right to Life Committee. However, like England, some only recognize unborn babies as victims of violence once they are viable. All of these laws include exceptions for abortion.

Other states do not provide any protections at all. Earlier this year, Democrat lawmakers in New York and Rhode Island repealed their fetal homicide laws as part of sweeping pro-abortion legislation allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth. In these states, there no longer is any justice for mothers who lose their unborn babies to violent crimes.