When Pregnant Woman Are Killed

North Carolina is one of a few states without a fetal homicide law.

Duplin County lawmen announced this week that a man accused of shooting a pregnant woman has been captured in New York.  Gary Chapman is accused of shooting Lisa Michelle Wallace on May 26 in Warsaw.  Wallace survived, but the unborn twins she was carrying did not. 

On the same day, Raleigh Police announced a man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend on June 7 was also arrested in New York. 

Neither of these men will be charged with the deaths of the unborn babies when they are charged.  North Carolina is one of a few states without a fetal homicide law.

The law, or lack thereof, received a lot of press in the wake of the murder of Maria Lauterbach. She was the Camp Lejeune Marine who was found buried in her comrade's backyard in January. Cesar Laurean, while charged with the murder of Lauterbach, will not face charges for the death of her baby.  Lauterbach was eight months pregnant when she was murdered.

Many states have laws that charge accused killers of pregnant women with the death of their unborn babies.  What do you think is right?

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