Pregnant Women Murdered by Their Partners After Refusing Abortion

OH Police Officer Cutts Sentenced for Murder of His Unborn Baby and Her Mother On 27Feb08, a jury recommended that Canton OH police officer Bobby Cutts be sentenced to life in prision without parole, for 34 years. Cutts murdered his 9-month yet-unborn daughter Chloe, and her mother Jessica. [Right to Life, www.cincinnatirighttolife.org. Cincinnati Right to Life, April 2008] *** West Virginia Man Indicted for Killing Pregnant Girlfriend, Unborn Child A West Virginia man is the second person to be indicted under a law that provides protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children. The state’s unborn victims law, one of three dozen across the nation, allows prosecutors to hold criminals accountable for killing or injuring both mother and child. James Louis DeGasperin, a 35 year-old teacher from Preston, is charged with killing his 25 year-old girlfriend Lori Casteel and her unborn child. Casteel, her son Collin, and her unborn baby, were all killed when DeGasperin hit her with a baseball bat and then killed Collin with a shotgun blast. In addition to his indictment on first degree murder in the deaths of Casteel and Collin, DeGasperin was indicted for first degree murder in the death of the baby as well because Casteel was six months pregnant at the time. That can happen because the West Virginia legislature, in 2005, approved Senate Bill 146 and it became law that May when Gov. Joe Manchin signed it. Under the statute, “a pregnant woman and the embryo or fetus she is carrying in the womb constitute separate and distinct victims” for purposes of the state laws governing murder, manslaughter, and...