WHAT IF???


I was just thinking, in this movie Selma's Martha character had wanted a child with her lover. Had she announced she was pregnant after getting caught. Would the punishment still be the same? Would they wait until after a baby was born, or give her life in jail? Crazy question but what do u think?

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No jurisdiction in the US would kill a pregnant inmate until she had delivered or terminated her pregnancy.

Not sure if it has ever come up.


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Blazing Saddles



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Something similar actually happened to two female pirates -- extremely unusual at the time (as now, I suppose) -- in the 18th century. Anne Bonny and Mary Read were pirates under the notorious Jack Rackham, and when they were captured and sentenced to hang, they swore they were both pregnant, and their execution was stayed until the children were born.

I imagine the same would hold true today; they likely would confirm that she was pregnant, hold her in prison until the child was born, and then carry out the execution. There is no way they would go through with it and kill the unborn child.

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No capital case would have an arrest, trial, appeals, and execution all within 9 months.

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