If life in prison is the result of this act, then why is it legal for her to go to a doctor and achive the same result - the death of the "fetus" in her womb?
LUFKIN — An East Texas man accused of causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry twins by stepping on her stomach was convicted today of two counts of capital murder.Tim Challies wrote on his blog that "This is a grave and shocking example of what has become of Truth in this postmodern society of ours. A woman has the right to destroy the lives of her unborn children and can even request help with impunity. But when she receives help, her boyfriend is locked away for the rest of his life and she walks away a free woman. Had she sought the help of a professional, there would have been no crime. "Texas law defines an embryo or fetus as an "individual" and allows criminal prosecution or civil action for a preventable injury or death of a fetus. The law exempts health care providers who perform a legal medical procedure, such as an abortion."
Gerardo Flores, who was prosecuted under the state's new fetal protection law, received an automatic life sentence.
Erica Basoria acknowledged asking Flores to help end her pregnancy, but the 17-year-old can't be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion.
The defense contended that Basoria punched herself while Flores was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who killed the twins.
The jury reached a verdict after deliberating four hours. Since prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty in the case, Flores received the automatic life sentence, Assistant District Attorney Art Bauereiss said.
The facts were unusual, but the evidence supported a guilty finding, Bauereiss told The Lufkin Daily News.
He said most of Basoria's family was pleased with the jury's decision. But Basoria, who sobbed as she left the Angelina County Courthouse, had stood by Flores.
"It's just tragedy all around," Flores' attorney Ryan Deaton told The Associated Press. "It's a tragedy my client's convicted, I've got nothing good to say about it."
Basoria told authorities that, after about four months of pregnancy, she regretted not getting an abortion and started jogging, skipping prenatal vitamins and hitting her own belly to induce a miscarriage. When her efforts failed, she said she asked her boyfriend to help.
Flores, 19, did not testify on his own behalf.He admitted in a taped statement to police that he stepped on Basoria's stomach several times the week before she miscarried two boys. He said he punched her during a fight hours before the delivery.
So there we have it. Texas law has dictated what is legal murder and what is not. Where is the objective Truth that murder is murder, no matter who commits it? Clearly this Truth has been suppressed and has been made a matter of choice and preference.All in all, it is simply stunning, isn't it? How can anyone not see the hypocrisy in this situation? However, the Bible tells us we shouldn't be surprised - "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot" (Romans 8:7 ESV).