The case of Dynel Lane and Michelle Walkin has revived the debate over Colorado’s abortion laws, with the focal point being centered on when a fetus can legally be considered a human being. The coroner’s report claims that the eight-month-old fetus could not be considered alive even though Lane forcibly cut the fetus from the mother’s womb using a kitchen knife and broken glass. Colorado State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt claims this case is an example of a curse on America by God, but the Walkin family and some in the GOP are not exactly thrilled by these words.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, prosecutors in the case claim it is difficult to charge Lane with murder. Under Colorado’s laws, Lane can only be charged with murdering a baby if there’s evidence the baby survived apart from its mother. Due to this stipulation, Lane will instead be “charged with a class three felony for the unwanted termination of a pregnancy,” but many in the pro-life movement are outraged that Colorado’s abortion laws do not allow for Dynel Lane’s murder charges.
When the Republican legislator discussed the case, he tied it to a Bible passage where God curses the Samarians for their rebellion by declaring that “their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.” Klingenschmitt believes these Bible verses may have significance today due to U.S. abortion laws.
“I wonder if there is prophetic significance to America today in that scripture,” he said, as seen in a YouTube video. “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 pregnant women are ripped open.”
Some of Klingenschmitt’s Republican colleagues are not happy with the way he has approached the touchy issue.
“It’s disgusting. I thought Gordon Klingenschmitt would be our next Todd Akin,” said Republican Laura Carno, according to the Denver Post. “I didn’t know he would be our next Westboro Baptist Church. This poor woman gets her baby cut out of her belly and he uses this tragedy to drive traffic to his ministry.”
Michelle Walkins’ family has released this statement in addition to setting up a GoFundMe donation campaign for those wanting to help during these trying times.
“Today marks a week since the brutal attack that nearly cost Michelle her life and ended that of her soon to be born baby Aurora. She is now out of the hospital in a safe location and accompanied by her partner Dan, is taking the first tentative steps along a long journey towards recovery and spiritual reconciliation. She is surrounded by friends and family and wishes to express her deep gratitude for all the expressions of love, kindness, and spiritual solidarity she has received from both the Longmont community and from around the world. Michelle believes her recovery is directly aided by the prayers and positive energy she is receiving.”
In response, Gordon Klingenschmitt tried to donate $1,000 and called for others to give money, as well. According to 9 News, Walkins’ family rejected the donation and refunded the money.
Do you think Dynel Lane should be charged with murder? What do you think about Gordon Klingenschmitt’s statement?