Emile Weaver, a 21-year-old former student of Muskingum University in Ohio, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her newborn baby on April 22, 2015.
Prosecutors said she gave birth in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority house, then suffocated the baby in a plastic bag, reports the Daily Mail.
Weaver claimed to have been in denial about being pregnant with her unwanted child. At trail, she pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the judge ruled her to be competent.
Whether she considered abortion has not been reported. Had she wanted an abortion, it might not have been a readily available alternative, because over the past four years, half of all Ohio abortion providers have disappeared due to restrictive abortion laws, notes The Associated Press. Ohio trails only Texas in lack of access to abortion providers, according to AP.
The Supreme Court decision on June 27 to overturn parts of the restrictive abortion laws in Texas could have implications for Ohio. “The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down abortion restrictions in Texas has Ohioans on both sides of the debate wondering if the Buckeye State could be next,” notes Cincinnati.com.
What Weaver did to her newborn baby is surprisingly common, according to Dr. Larry S. Milner, who wrote a book on the subject, "Hardness of Heart/Hardness of Life."
“The human species has killed almost 10-15 percent of all children born," says Milner. "The majority of these murders have been associated with reasons of necessity at least in the minds of the infanticide parent -- or with untoward reactions against an unwanted birth. With little ability to abort an unwanted pregnancy safely, troubled parents have had little choice but to wait until full-term delivery before disposing of the conception.”
Milner goes on to report that the U.S. ranks high on the list of countries whose citizens kill their children.
“From 1968 to 1975, infanticide of all ages accounted for almost 3.2 percent of all reported homicides in the United States," Milner notes. "The most common method of killing children over the ages has been head trauma, strangulation and drowning. Most of the murders today are committed with the use of the mother's hands, either by strangulation or physical punishment.”