When do you become a person...a citizen...and have the same civil rights as everyone in your community? Does it matter whether you're born yet or not, in order for you to be protected by the law if something should happen to you? When you're small and vulnerable, yet you can move, you can eat, you can suck your thumb and even get hiccups, shouldn't someone be punished if they hurt you or worse, took your life even if you're still in your mother's womb? "The politics of the womb are becoming ever more personal—and complex. The Peterson murder case, changing state laws and startling new science are causing many Americans to rethink long-held beliefs." (By Debra Rosenberg, NEWSWEEK) http://www.msnbc.com/news/920645.asp?0cv=CB30 But we must also consider the degrees to which fetuses are injured or their lives are put at risk daily. The more drastic end of the continuum is babies being murdered through the Peterson form of violence. But there's also abortion, pregnant women who smoke, take drugs and drink alcohol. Aren't these forms of child abuse as well? And should laws protect the children that are injured from these acts of negligence like the Peterson baby? Now what that might mean is that the next time you see a pregnant woman smoking or drinking, you can call the authorities and she would be arrested for putting the life of her unborn child at risk of either dying or being born with serious birth defects. What do you think?