Authorities in Minnesota have charged a man with two counts of murder for killing his wife and his unborn child.
The Dakota County attorney's office charged Roger Earl Holland, 36, with two counts of second-degree intentional murder _ one count in his wife's death and one in her unborn child's death. Bail was set at $1 million, or $750,000 with conditions.
Holland called 911 last Thursday to report finding his wife, Margorie Ann Holland, in cardiac arrest at the foot of a staircase in their Apple Valley apartment, prosecutor James Backstrom said in a news release. Margorie Holland, who was nearly four months pregnant, and her unborn child died at a hospital later that morning.
The Beaumont Enterprise has a story of a fetal surgery where doctors used a laser to cut off blood flow to a mass which was pushing against the child's lungs and heart.
The surgery, known as fetal laser ablation for bronchopulmonary sequestration (BPS), has only been performed one other time in the United States, at the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute in 2011. During the procedure, doctors insert a needle into the mother's belly and into the womb. Then, the needle is advanced into the baby's chest, then into the BPS where a laser fiber is introduced through the needle and targeted at the abnormal blood vessel going to the BPS. The laser fires and blocks the blood flow, causing the mass to stop growing. The goal of the operation is to reverse the process by which the BPS is causing heart failure in the fetus. After the surgery, the BPS steals less blood flow from the fetus, and the heart and lungs start growing more normally as the BPS shrinks in size.
NARAL Wisconsin stopped CareNet of Dane County from getting a city loan to build low-income housing.
City staff had recommended extending two low-interest loans totaling $550,000 to Care Net, which operates a crisis pregnancy center and residential home for pregnant single mothers on MacArthur Road. The group is proposing to build a 36-unit apartment building and daycare on land it owns next to its center.....
Clausius' comments came after Megin McDonell, a board member with NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, and Ald. Lisa Subeck, the former executive director of NARAL, told the committee that Care Net, an anti-abortion, faith-based group, misleads women about the risks of abortion and does not offer "all-options" counseling, as it advertises.