Friday, May 28, 2004

Dogma, meet karma:

Judge Questions Whether Unborn Child Is U.S. Citizen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge issued a stay on Thursday to a pregnant woman scheduled for deportation while attorneys look into whether her unborn fetus might be a U.S. citizen, affiliate station KMBC's Donna Pitman reported.

Myrna Dick went to renew her papers with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service last month, and she wound up in custody. Officials accused her of lying to border patrol officers in 1998 and said it was grounds for deportation to Mexico.

But Dick, who is married to an American citizen, is pregnant with her husband's child. Judge Scott Wright wants to know if the fetus is a U.S. citizen, and if so, whether it can be deported. The judge asked attorneys for both sides to search for relevant precedents before he would rule....

--NBC4, Washington, D.C.

In a situation like this, what's a politically correct right-winger supposed to think?

(UPDATE: Court TV notes that, in deciding to issue the stay, the judge cited the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, otherwise known as "Laci and Conner's Law" -- the law the right-to-life movement succeeding in passing after Laci Peterson was murdered.)

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