In New Jersey, it depends on whether it lived outside the womb. I recent case that is drawing attention once again to this question centers around a small body that was thrown out with the hospital’s trash.
The Facts of the Case
The basic facts of the case are as follows:
Bashire Moore was born days before Christmas with a weak heart that would kill him and when the funeral home came for the body, one tragedy was compounded by another.
The funeral home came to get the boy and his body wasn’t there.
So the problem is that there’s no baby to be found, and the parents believe that they deserve some compensation from the hospital, as well as the body. The hospital, to its credit, is searching for the child, but doesn’t want to compensate the family and they’re basing their case on the idea that the baby was still born. The family argues that the baby was born alive, and was given life saving treatment after birth.
So, by all accounts the baby was alive, the mother wanted it, she carried it to term. However, our culture devalues life in the womb so much, yet claims to value the choice of the mother, that when the mom wants the baby—or the baby’s body and the hospital throws it out like common trash the only thing they can cling to is the idea that, unless it was alive outside the womb, it’s common trash.
Something is very wrong here, and this case highlights the current pro-abortion absurdity.