The Alabama Supreme Court Stands Up for Life

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that a woman who lost her baby during her pregnancy as a result of medical malpractice can sue the doctor for wrongful death because the unborn child is a human being.

The Court unanimously reversed a County judge's order that said Alabama resident Kimberly Stinnett, who in 2012 lost her child because an OB-GYN administered an abortion-inducing drug during her pregnancy thinking Stinnett had a ectopic pregnancy when she did not, had no claim under Alabama's Wrongful Death Act.

As reported, in a concurring opinion Justice Tom Parker wrote that the unborn are indeed protected by the state's wrongful-death statute because life begins at conception, noting that such protections have not always been guaranteed in Alabama.