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 (pictured, left) 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.
“Clearly, that isn’t an issue either side had contemplated,” Dick’s attorney said.
They have a survey on this site that asks “Do you think Myrna Dick’s fetus is a U.S. Citizen? So far two thirds of the respondents are willing to grant citizenship to this baby. I wonder how legally this will be addressed. Our laws on the unborn are quite schizophrenic. Killing a baby is fine if you are the mother but it is murder if someone kills the baby without the mothers permission. Abortion supporters would be aghast that a product of conception or a tissue mass could be deemed a citizen. That would imply rights such as the protection of its life and the abortion lobby wouldn’t stand for that. Life as well as citizenship starts at conception.
It seems wrong to me that they are deporting this women. If she is married to an American Citizen I don’t see how it is a good idea to forcibly break up this family. If she did indeed come across illegally by lying to patrol officer, then there should be some legal punishment for this other than deportation. I just think that breaking up a family is a worse crime then coming across illegally.