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YOUR SAY: Death of unborn child stirs support for mum

Sarah Milosevic holds the lifeless body of her daughter Sophie Ella who lost her life in a car accident 7 days before she was due to be born. Photo: Contributed
Sarah Milosevic holds the lifeless body of her daughter Sophie Ella who lost her life in a car accident 7 days before she was due to be born. Photo: Contributed Contributed

A WOMAN who lost her unborn baby at 39 weeks gestation is fighting for a change in the law.

Sarah Milosevic lost her baby when a drunk driver hit the car she and her husband Peter were driving in.

The unborn baby was not classed as a human being, with no rights in a court of law because she was stillborn.

The man Ms Milosevic holds responsible for causing her baby's death, Rodney Shaw, was found guilty in Beenleigh Magistrates Court last year of speeding and being under the influence of intoxicating substances.

He received a $950 fine and had his license suspended for five months, despite the fact that his alcohol reading was 0.091 and he had a methamphetamine level in his blood of 0.13.

Ms Milosevic wants a change in the law that would see unborn babies classified as human beings.

Here's what QT readers said on Facebook:

Kirstin Harris: "110% agree, any baby at a gestation where they cam survive outside the womb should be classed as a human! I think it's a disgrace that this isn't even a law already."

Nicole Cannon: "I don't think there should be any set week - any unborn baby is a loss for the poor mum and family. People need to be held accountable.

Julie-Anne Pashley: "It is legislative requirement for a foetus born at 20 weeks or more to have a funeral. So why are they not recognised under criminal law?"

Tashonn Elizabeth Homburg: "Any baby at any gestation of a pregnancy is a life/human. Not just 30+ weeks. I mean who walks around saying "oh I'm pregnant but it's not a human till 30 weeks?"

Carlee Butler: "Found it and signed! Breaks my heart to know that babies are not being protected or classed as human at that stage. They can survive outside the womb then if need be, so why are they not given rights! Grrrr makes me sick how bad Australia's criminal justice system is.

Tabetha Woodward-xenides: "Yes. my middle child was born less than 30 weeks. She is a healthy, caring, intelligent individual whose life like these other unborns should be protected.

Rosalee Westaway: "I feel so sad for this woman and her family as I know from personal experience how hard it can be to have had ultrasounds and actually heard your babies heartbeat to having something go wrong and hearing nothing."

A mother who lost her unborn baby in a traffic crash caused by a drunk and speeding driver is lobbying the Queensland...

Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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