Two abortionists in Maryland, charged with murder under the state’s fetal homicide law, claim that prosecutors are misusing that law and attacking a woman’s “right to choose.” Attorneys for the duo made the argument last week in court in asking a judge to dismiss the state’s case.
But a pro-abortion state delegate who authored the fetal homicide law disagrees, claiming that in Maryland aborting a child after it can survive outside the womb is illegal. Defense attorneys claim the murder charges are the prosecutor’s attempt to scare doctors out of performing abortions. Maryland’s abortion law, passed in 1992, is among the most radical in the country.
The late-term abortionists, Nicola Riley (photo) and Steve Brigham, landed in hot water in August 2010 when they botched an abortion on an 18-year-old woman who had begun her procedure in Voorhees, N.J., according to news accounts. Her cervix dilated at a clinic in that town, whereupon she was told to go to a clinic in Elkton, Md., the Washington Post reported. At the abortuary in Elkton, the young woman’s cervix ruptured. According to the Post, instead of calling 911, abortionist Riley drove the victim to an area hospital. After that, the victim landed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
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Photo: Dr. Nicola Irene Riley and her attorney Edwin Wall appear in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court Monday, January 9, 2012.: AP Images