In Ohio this week, a jury refused to convict a teen accused of killing her newborn to keep her secret that she had been pregnant.
In Ohio vs. Richardson, the defense argued that the baby was stillborn.
The prosecution argued that Ms. Richardson had searched Google for “how to get rid of a baby” before giving birth.
In her own back yard, Richardson buried the newborn girl, whom officials didn’t find for two months, ensuring that evidence of any violence against the child would be beyond reach.
A doctor, whom Richardson saw only once, testified that at her only prenatal appointment–when the doctor confirmed the pregnancy and determined she was in the eighth month–Richardson made it clear that she didn’t want a baby. The doctor urged her to tell her mother–to tell someone.
But she didn’t–not even while she was in labor.
Not even as she was delivering the little girl on the floor of her bathroom in the middle of the night.
Not even, supposedly, when the child was born not breathing.
And not even after she dug a hole in the yard and covered the baby in two inches of dirt.
Ultimately, the jury found her guilty of abuse of a corpse. She will serve no jail time.
As I watched part of the proceedings against Richardson on Courttv last week, I couldn’t help but wonder how much our liberal abortion laws have affected such cases. Did it go through the minds of jurors that, but for a few days, the child could have been disposed of without dragging a teen through a trial?
In many places in this nation, it would have been legal for Richardson to abort her daughter–even when she found out she was pregnant at eight months–even right before birth. And she would never have to tell her mother.
A.E. Samaan: “Humanity has overcome the food chain, and having surpassed all other predators, has now turned to a strange form of cannibalism: humanity preys upon itself. We cull our own herd. We murder our own children. This is what we call ‘progress’.”
In Ohio, a young woman thinks she has her life back. She won’t be going to jail for murder.
She is free.
Or is she?