Due to New York’s adherence to so-called “progressive” values and its corresponding laws when it comes to abortion, a man who allegedly hacked a pregnant 20-year-old woman to death with an ax will not be charged with murder of her unborn, wanted child.
Jerry Brown, a 34-year-old ex-convict, was charged Sunday morning with the murder of Savannah Rivera, 20, the attempted murder of Angela Valle — who is said to be Brown’s girlfriend — and for criminal possession of an ax, according to police, The New York Post reported.
Brown will not be charged with the murder of Rivera’s 9-week-old unborn child, whom he also killed.
“Rivera’s family and friends told the Post on Saturday that she was nine weeks pregnant with her second child at the time of her death,” The Daily Mail reported. A friend of the young mother, Margaret Cruz, told the Post, “We lost two lives. She was happy about it. She was happy to have another child.”
Again, New York state does not see it that way.
According to the Post, Brown, who was arrested 13 times prior to the attack, nearly decapitated Rivera and left Valle with multiple massive lacerations that put her in critical condition. Valle, who is also a mother, apparently hailed an Uber with bleeding wounds to her head and was driven to the hospital immediately following the attack.
Unlike the majority of the states in the union, New York does not protect even the wanted unborn. Before January 23, the state only recognized the murder of the wanted unborn if they were at or past twenty-four weeks gestation, or “viable.” But championing “women’s rights” via the euphemistically named “Reproductive Health Act,” New York penal code was rewritten to exclude all recognitions of the wanted unborn, no matter how far along a mother is. The Daily Wire’s Email Zanotti previously reported:
If a pregnant woman is harmed and her baby is killed, New York, until January 23rd, defined that death as a homicide and prescribed appropriate punishments in line with the state’s existing murder laws. But the new law specifically rewrites the New York penal code, Pajamas Media and the Albany Times Union report, to remove those prescriptions.
“Homicide means conduct which causes the death of a person [or an unborn child with which a female has been pregnant for more than twenty-four weeks] under circumstances constituting murder, manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally negligent homicide[, abortion in the first degree or self-abortion in the first degree].”
As PJ Media puts it, the new law “explicitly amends the penal code to remove protections for wanted babies who die in domestic violence or other kinds of assault.”
In 2018, National Right to Life compiled “a summary of the laws of the 38 states that recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn child as homicide in at least some circumstances.” Thirty states — including Florida, Arizona, and Mississippi — have laws recognizing the unborn as victims throughout the entire period of pre-natal development. Eight states — including California, Maryland, and Massachusetts — recognize the unborn as victims only part of the period of pre-natal development.
When Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), a Catholic, celebrated the signing of the Reproductive Health Act into law by “ordering that the spire at One World Trade Center, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany all be lit in pink,” reported The Daily Wire.