I try to avoid the entire abortion issue - it is a complex issue and divisive, but this incident takes the cake. I fail to see how ANYONE cannot be shocked.
In Hawaii a Pregnant Mom-to be took Chrystal Meth just days before the birth of her son. She took another 'Hit' the day of his birth. Sadly the child died two days after his birth.
According to an article quoted by Stop the ACLU:
Tayshea gave birth to her son, Treyson, July 15, 2001, but the boy perished within two days with high levels of methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system, according to the local coroner.
The woman allegedly admitted to using the drugs for three days before the birth and took a “hit” on the morning her son was delivered.
In their ruling, the justices cited statutes noting a crime needed to be committed against “a human being.” They declared since Treyson was not a “person” when Tayshea was smoking the drugs, she could not be prosecuted for harming the infant in her womb.
“The proscribed conduct must have been committed at a time when Treyson ‘qualified’ as a ‘person,’ defined by the Hawaii Penal Code as ‘a human being who has been born and is alive,’” they wrote.
To quote Stoptheaclu.com:
Ruling: Pregnant Moms Can Now Harm Babies
This one gets to me. A child is within three days of birth and it's not a person? What moron came up with that interpretation. This is not a case where the health of the mother is in danger. There is no excuse possible for this lapse of humanity.