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A measure introduced in the Legislature would make Texas the first state in the country to essentially allow women to kill their newborn babies, and face relatively minor punishment for it.
State Rep Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), has introduced a bill to create a new crime called 'infanticide.'
It would allow postpartum mental disorder to be sued as an affirmative defense against a murder charge, if a mother murders a child 12 months old or less.
Under Farrar's bill, if jurors find a mother guilty of murder, they could take testimony about postpartum issues into consideration during the punishment phase of the trial.
If jurors find that the mother's 'judgment was impaired because of childbirth of lactation,' they could then judge her guilty not of murder but of 'infanticide,' which would carry a punishment of no more than two years in a state jail.
Murder is a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison. In the case of a mother who kills a child, that time is now spent in the state's maximum security prison for women in Gatesville.
Farrar says postpartum depression is recognized as a legal defense in 29 nations worldwide.
The depravity that exists in the human mind is terrifying, sickening, and embarrassing.
Lord, please forgive us.
Four Years Ago Today, March 24, 2005
From March 24, 2005 (CNN)
Gov. Bush's effort returns to court that ordered tube removal
A lawyer for Mary and Bob Schindler -- who are fighting to have their daughter Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted -- filed an appeal late Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court, which in the past has refused to hear the case.
The parents' appeal to the nation's highest court came hours after a federal court in Atlanta twice rejected appeals seeking reinsertion of the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube.
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