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Court Rules Fetus Is a Person

Friday, 11 May 2001 12:00 AM

The state Supreme Court cited Thursday a 1999 law that changed Arkansas' criminal code to include a living fetus of 12 weeks gestation in the definition of a person.

Philip Aka claimed the defendants were medically negligent in unnecessarily inducing labor in his wife, Evangeline, failing to discontinue the procedure, failing to perform a caesarean section, failing to resuscitate his wife or the unborn child, and failing to obtain informed consent.

A circuit judge ruled against Aka, citing a Supreme Court ruling that a fetus is not a person in wrongful-death cases. The same year of the ruling, the legislature approved a law stating that an unborn fetus could be considered a person for some purposes in criminal law.

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