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Case coming up soon to challenge women’s rights now that Trump and Mitch stacked the courts.

Law Professor Carliss Chatman has a few questions:

1. If a fetus is a person at 6 weeks is that when child support starts?

2. Is that when you can’t deport the mother because she’s carrying a US Citizen?

3. In the case of miscarriage can you get life insurance?

Rather embarrassing list of questions, if they actually came from a law professor.

First, the case coming up before the SCOTUS does not pose the question of whether a fetus is a person. It is premised on the holding of Roe (that the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the fetus regardless of whether it is a person), but seeks to narrow Roe and Casey by removing the prohibition on the state trying to protect that interest before viability.

Second, two these questions actually have answers - answers that are easily discoverable with a few minutes on Google. The first is pretty easy - many states (like Florida) include support for pre-natal expenses as part of awardable child support already, including pregnancy-related medical expenses and the cost of childbirth itself. And the third question is also very easy - life insurance is a private contract, and you can get such insurance (and you can only get such insurance) if a private party is willing to write it for you. You're not going to be able to get life insurance to cover a fetus. Few life insurance companies write policies for children anyway (the main purpose of life insurance is meant to provide protection against financial loss to beneficiaries due to the absence of the insured - child policies are usually whole-life efforts to provide tax advantaged savings) - and those that do typically won't even write for newborns (GerberLife, one of the most prominent, is unavailable until the infant is 14 days old).

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