With a hat tip to the Corner, I guess its about choice for the woman and, as usual, responsibility for the man.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith authorized criminal charges today against a sixteen-year-old Richmond male accused of terminating his girlfriend’s pregnancy with a souvenir baseball bat. . . .
According to Michigan State Police detectives, the youths intentionally caused the death of the fetus by striking the mother’s abdomen with the twenty-two inch bat over the course of two weeks. The parents of the youths were apparently unaware of the pregnancy and the decision to abort it.
The actions of the youths first came to light when the female spoke about the series of incidents after the fact at a high school leadership conference in the upper peninsula. The conference’s adult facilitator, hearing of the incidents leading to the miscarriage, contacted the State Police. . . .
The male, because of his age and lack of prior contacts with the criminal justice system, will be adjudicated in the juvenile court. If convicted, he would be subject to the jurisdiction of that court until he is twenty-one years old.
The mother, also sixteen years old, will not be charged with a crime.
I think that just might be a double standard too far under the 14th amendment. You can charge the man, but not the woman, who was an equally willing participant in the murder of an unborn child.