Tennessee’s highest court recognized unborn babies as victims, if only inadvertently, in a ruling this month about mothers who use opioids while pregnant.
WZTV 17 Nashville reports the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously agreed that babies may sue drug companies for harm that they suffered in the womb from their mothers’ use of the drugs.
The ruling dealt with the Tennessee Drug Dealer Liability Act and drug companies that produce prescription opioids, according to the report.
The act allows babies to “sue for damages caused by the use of illegal opioids if there is clear and convincing evidence that the drug companies knowingly facilitated the distribution of opioids in the illegal drug market,” according to the ruling.
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Here’s more from the report:
The lawsuit stems from a case in Campbell County Circuit Court. The law declares that “the sale and use of illegal drugs affects every community in the country and takes a substantial toll on society.”
Although the drug companies argued that they were not the type of “drug dealers” the Legislature meant to target with the Act, Justice Lee, on behalf of the Court, wrote that the drug companies could not “invoke their status as otherwise lawful companies to avoid civil liability” for intentionally flooding “communities in East Tennessee with highly addictive opioids they knew would be sold in the illegal drug market.”
The ruling is another example of how inconsistent and wrong the law is about abortion.
Except when it comes to abortion, unborn babies are recognized as unique, individual human beings who deserve rights and protections. Biologically, it’s now clear that a unique, individual human life begins at conception; and, except with abortions, doctors treat unborn babies as second patients. Doctors now perform surgeries on unborn babies to correct problems with spina bifida and other disabilities. Under the law, many states also recognize unborn babies as second victims of violent crimes against their mothers.
Despite all this, abortions remain legal in all parts of the United States, and nearly 1 million unborn babies continue to be killed in elective abortions each year.