Natalia Harrell is being held in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. And she is pregnant. Now lawyers are arguing — before Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal — that the fetus’s incarceration is a violation of his rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Florida constitutions. Attorney William M. Norris recently filed an emergency writ of habeas corpus, which allows the court to determine whether someone’s imprisonment is lawful.
According to the Miami Herald, the writ reads: “UNBORN CHILD has not been charged with any crime by the State. Further, the State has placed the UNBORN CHILD in such inherently dangerous environment by placing the UNBORN CHILD in close proximity to violent criminal offenders.” Therefore, the writ argues, the unborn child should be released so he can get necessary care and treatment, be free from “unlawful and illegal detention,” and avoid entering the world in a dangerous environment like a prison cell.
The 24-page document claims that the “draconian confinement” is harming Harrell’s unborn child. It states that the fetus isn’t receiving adequate prenatal care, such as vitamins and visits to specialists, and adds that it also has been the victim of negligence — including once being trapped in a corrections transport van without air conditioning while temperatures exceeded 100 degrees.
Harrell, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, a felony punishable by life in prison, while 6 weeks pregnant on July 26, 2022. (While inside an Uber, she was involved in a fatal quarrel that was caught on tape.)
The article used the term “his” to describe the unborn child. Did the attorney, too? Did they simply assume that the unborn baby was a male? Ultrasound be damned — how do they know that the yet-to-be-born child identifies as a male? Maybe it is non-binary, or genderfluid, or identifies as a female.
Maybe Natalia Harrell should identify as a non-felon with no criminal record whatsoever so that she and her unborn child can be released.
One thing is certain: Natalia’s baby is innocent and uncharged.
This is an interesting case. On the one hand, I don’t want to see yet another violent criminal released. (And you know, or at least strongly suspect, that Harrell and her lawyer[s] are more concerned about springing her than they are about her baby.) On the other hand, what a powerful statement it would be! An affirmation that an unborn child has rights like any other innocent human being. “Pro-choice” activists, who are also usually feminists and believe in criminal justice reform, would be thrust into an awkward position: that of essentially having to say, “Keep the woman and her non-viable tissue mass in prison!” Delicious. If justice were to prevail, perhaps a C-section could be performed, Harrell could continue to serve her time…and the baby could be given to loving foster parents.
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This is a novel argument indeed.
Per our judicial system, every defendant has the right to mount a vigorous defense, and aid in that defense. I agree with the author, her attorneys are more interested in springing their client than they are in the rights of her unborn child.
Should the court find for the defendant, I sincerely hope they order a C-section, the child is placed with loving parents, and the perp serves out her sentence as prescribed by law.
Should this case break that way, the left will be in a pickle, indeed and, to paraphrase something Joseph Stalin once said, they’ll “Hang themselves with the very rope they made.”
Talk about setting a legal precedent! Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe it!
SO the left finally CARES ABOUT Unborn children? Could have fooled me, with their UTTER LOVE for abortion!
No the woke Democrats only care about getting this Black female out of prison. Pretending to care about the unborn baby is just a Con and deception.
The lies, cons, deceptions, immorality, hypocrisy and treachery of the treasonous, woke, socialist Democrat Party cult and their supporters know no bounds.
Better to Conservatively incarcerate than Democratically incinerate. In either place the poor kid will leap like a lizard no matter where he is when someone turns on the vacuum cleaner, or he hears that mom has been sceduled for a saline bath.