Abortion Pill Cases Link Tampa Woman to Stranger in Oklahoma
Five years ago, an Air Force airman grudgingly married his pregnant girlfriend but began lacing her food with ground up abortion pills. She miscarried in her second trimester, after consuming a deviled egg.
Caylinn Young, 25, of Oklahoma felt isolated in her experience until she read recently about a Lutz woman named Remee Lee, 26, who miscarried in March, reportedly under similar circumstances.
The two haven’t been in contact. But their lost pregnancies link them in a debate about when it’s appropriate for government to protect an unborn child.
They appear to be the only two surviving women in the nation whose circumstances have led federal prosecutors to charge someone under the 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
The law punishes the killing of an unborn human in any stage of gestation during the commission of a separate federal crime.
America’s prenatal policy is usually defined by Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that banned states from barring early-stage abortions.
The coexistence of those two positions confuses some people and enrages others. Abortion rights advocates fear that one could undermine the other by establishing the “personhood” of a life not yet viable.