Here is an update to a story I blogged earlier.
KANSAS CITY – A federal judge presiding over the case of a pregnant woman fighting deportation to Mexico cited a law enacted after the deaths of Laci Peterson and her unborn son to keep the woman in the United States.
Myrna Dick, 29, of the Kansas City suburb of Raymore, is five months pregnant and married to a U.S. citizen. Senior U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright ruled Thursday that the couple’s unborn child was also a U.S. citizen and thereby entitled to legal protection.
During the hearing, Wright asked Dick if she knew the sex of the baby. She said it was a boy.
“Then I can call him ‘he,’ ” Wright said. “If this child is an American citizen, we can’t send his mother back until he is born.”
In rejecting the federal government’s request to lift a temporary stay granted April 30, Wright cited the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which grants unborn children equal protection under the law.