The Ontological Underpinning of Foetal Victimhood in Homicide Cases in U.S. Jurisprudence.
This thesis attempts to show that under the right conditions, the foetuses right to become a legal victim of homicide is ontologically dependent upon the mother’s will. This position, however, has not always existed. It was a gradual change over time. The debate surrounding the topic of abortion should therefore be focused upon the following proposition - a foetuses legal standing as a victim of homicide ontologically depends upon the mother’s will. Foetal victimhood should not depend on whether the mother has consented to have an abortion or not.