Pregnant woman: One life or two?

Straits Times, 5 Oct 2007

Husband who killed pregnant wife with sword jailed 2 more years

A MENTALLY ill man, jailed three years for stabbing his wife and their unborn child with a sword, will now have to serve two more years in prison.

The Court of Appeal on Friday increased Han John Han’s jail term from three to five years after the prosecution appealed, arguing that he had got away too lightly.

In delivering the stiffer sentence, Justice Andrew Phang said the court could not ignore the fact that two lives had been lost.

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This is a judgment that should be taken note of. For a country with over 12,000 abortions each year, and which allows teenage girls to get an abortion without their parents’ permission, it is certainly interesting that a court has made a ruling based on the fact that a pregnant woman and her unborn child are considered “two lives”.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

One thought on “Pregnant woman: One life or two?”

  1. Unfortunately, for many of those who go for abortion, the focus is not on the ‘life’ but on whether it is “wanted” or “unwanted” life. Sue.

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