Dynel Lyne, a woman accused of cutting a baby from a seven-month-pregnant woman’s womb, will not face murder charges due to Colorado lawmakers concerns about women’s access to abortion. Lawmakers have rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus homicide because they fear it would restrict the state’s laws on abortion. Therefore, when Dynel Lyne lured 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins to her home with a posting on Craigslist about baby clothes, she was free to cut the baby from Wilkins womb without fear of murder charges despite the fact that Lyne’s boyfriend says the baby was breathing when it was placed in a bathtub to die.
WHNT reports that prosecutors will not be able to seek murder charges against Lyne following the horrific assault on a pregnant woman, and forced death of a fetus. Though Wilkins was seven-months-pregnant and the baby could viable survive for at least a small period of time outside of the womb, Colorado law still does not recognize a fetus as a person. Therefore, violently killing a fetus is not murder, as the fetus is not a person in the eyes of Colorado law.
“Colorado state law does not recognize a fetus as a person, unless it is capable of surviving for a period of time outside the womb, a prosecutor said then. But the extent of the period that the fetus must survive in order to be defined as a baby is not legally clear.”
In addition to Colorado abortion laws hindering the persecutions capability of calling Lyne a murderer, it seems even the conservative Christian lawmakers in the state aren’t blaming Lyne for her horrific act. One Colorado lawmaker says the death of the fetus was not murder at all, but rather an “act of God.” The comment was made by Republican Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt, who calls himself an evangelical Christian.
KDVR interviewed Klingenschmitt about the death of the fetus and his response outraged many in the Christian community. Klingenschmitt spoke on a Christian Youtube channel about the attack of Wilkins. During his interview he noted that the death of Wilkins’ baby was an “act of God” as punishment for the state’s abortion laws.
“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb. And part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our women are ripped open.”
Though Klingenschmitt is under fire for his comments, he is not apologizing and says he stands by his statement.
“I’ve said many times that I wear two hats; and on Sundays, I’m an ordained minister and I preach the gospel and I quote the bible. I didn’t come here to be a career politician. I came here to speak the truth.”
Do you think Dynel Lyne should face murder charges? What do you think of Klingenschmitt’s comment that the baby’s death was an “act of God”?