Maryland criminal law states that people can be charged with murder if they "intend to cause the death of the viable fetus." The law does not define "personhood" and states it is not intended to infringe on a woman's right to have an abortion.
But state law also defines a fetus as "viable" if "there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus' sustained survival outside the womb."
Brigham provided abortions to five patients ranging from 18 to 33 weeks pregnant, according to a report by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners.
The determination of whether those fetuses were "viable" could occur in court.
On New Year's Day, an abortion clinic in Pensacola was burned.
The Florida Fire Marshal's Office is heading the investigation, but the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined in because of the location of the blaze, said Deborah Cox, spokeswoman for the marshal's office.The address of another one of arrested abortionist Steven Brigham' clinics is listed as the clinic's mailing address.
"Because of the structure that was involved, because it was an abortion clinic," she said.
A preliminary investigation found that the fire began outside the clinic, Cox said.
American Family Planning lists its physical address at 6770 N. Ninth Ave. and its mailing address as 1 Alpha Ave. in Voorhees, N.J., according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
The New Jersey address used by Brigham is the location of American Women's Services, which offers abortion and gynecological services.
The Washington Times has a New Year's piece featuring abortion proponents complaining about President Obama's supposed failures on the abortion front.
MSNBC has the story of a woman who was reunited with her biological daughter 77 years after the child was adopted.
New York prosecutors have dropped self-abortion charges against a woman who used abortion drugs to self-abort and then dumped the child in a dumpster.