Court rules unborn is ‘child’

A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court has concluded that a reference in state law that prevents exposing children to dangerous chemicals also protects an unborn child.

While the decision itself is unrelated to abortion, in a court where at least one justice has advocated overturning Roe v. Wade the decision today in Ankrom v. State undoubtedly will be referenced again.

The case upheld the convictions of two women, Hope Ankrom of Coffee County and Amanda Kimbrough of Colbert County, who were prosecuted for using drugs during their pregnancies.

The state law originally was intended to prevent parents from operating meth labs around children, or allowing children to be in meth labs, and does not mention the unborn.

But the decision said “The plain meaning of the word ‘child’ in the chemical endangerment statute includes unborn children.”

Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a pro-life law firm that filed an amicus brief in the case, said, “In personal injury, criminal, and wills and estate law, the trend has been to recognize the unborn child as a human with legal protections, not merely a ‘potential’ human being.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion cases are an aberration to law and stand on an island by themselves, and that island will one day disappear,” he said.

After all, it was the original Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States that noted should the personhood of the unborn be established, abortion advocacy would disintegrate, since the unborn then would be qualified for all the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution.

Liberty Counsel said its brief “provided the Alabama Supreme Court with a thorough historical review of legal protection for unborn children, dating from ancient Greece to the present day.”

The group said, “Common law in England and the United States, with support from the medical and legal professions, recognized that ‘[l]ife is the immediate gift of God, a right inherent in every individual; and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.’ This understanding remained the prevailing view in the United States through the middle of the 20th century, when a societal shift prompted a ‘liberalization’ of criminal laws, including restrictions against abortion, culminating in the abortion cases, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, (1973) and Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973), in which the Supreme Court held that unborn children are not ‘persons’ protected by the right to life set forth in the Constitution.”

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muslim mom Prays for kids’ martyrdom

Moms are very important in an Islamic culture, the wife of a Hamas leader says, because they must train their children for martyrdom.

The comment comes from Umm Osama, the wife of Hamas Member of Parliament Khalil Al-Hayya, and was documented by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which has posted the video online.

Osama was being interviewed by Al-Aqsa TV just a few weeks before Christmas.

Osama said, “Women in Palestine play a great role in raising their children and in encouraging them to wage jihad for the sake of Allah. This is absolutely the most glorious thing a woman can do.”

She stressed the importance of women is Islamic society.

“Women play their role and are not inferior to men. When a man goes to wage jihad, his wife does not say ‘Don’t go’ or try to stop him. She encourages and supports him. She is the one who prepares his equipment, bids him farewell, and welcomes [his jihad]. ”

She then addressed a mom’s responsibility to the children of Islamic society.

“She instills in her children the love of jihad and martyrdom for the sake of Allah. If every mother were to prevent her son from waging jihad for the sake of Allah, who would wage jihad? Who would support Palestine? Palestine is dear to us, and its price is paid with our body remains and our lifeblood,” she said.

“Is not Allah’s reward precious? Allah’s reward is paradise. Paradise requires from us our blood, our body remains, and our efforts for its sake. … Sister, jihad is ordained for us. It is our duty to wage jihad, because either we wage jihad or…”

When the interviewer from Al-Aqsa TV said, “We want to die as martyrs,” Osama continued, “Indeed we do.”

“I am constantly praying: ‘Allah, make the end of our days be in martyrdom.’ I pray for this even for my husband and my children. None of us want to die in our beds. We pray that Allah will grant us paradise,” she said.

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