A preborn baby is a human being. That's the ruling from one of
the few courts to recognize that as a legal fact.
The case involves a woman who smoked meth three days before her
baby was born at 25 weeks. Her son lived for only a few minutes.
Amanda Kimbrough appealed her conviction to the Alabama Supreme
Court, arguing that state law involving drugs and children only
applies to those already born.
Jennifer Mason with Personhood USA describes
the court's response to that argument.
"[The court ruled] essentially that the unborn child
is a person and that the laws of chemical endangerment to a child
that's already born also applied to preborn children," she tells
"And this was an amazing decision where they just really
effusively went on about the personhood of the child and spoke
negatively about Roe v. Wade. It's really a huge
Mason contends that other states need to take a second look at
their laws in light of what the Alabama court has stated.
"In other states, you can chemically endanger your child in the
womb with no consequences at all and, as the Alabama Supreme Court
said, a lot of our laws are starting to recognize that's not right.
Women should not be able to do that."
The laws, she adds, are designed to keep unborn children safe.
An exception, though, would be Roe v. Wade, which