Pregnant Woman’s Death Will Be Prosecuted as Double Homicide: LRPD

Dekeesha McPhearson, 35, was killed in a shooting on October 1 in Little Rock; according to KARK, she was pregnant when she died.

LRPD has not counted her death as a double homicide due to the FBI reporting standards that the police department follows; those reporting standards do not count unborn children as murder victims.

However, the LRPD told KARK that McPhearson’s killer will face two counts of murder if and when the killer is arrested.

That’s because of Arkansas’ fetal homicide law.

In 1999 Family Council worked with state legislators to pass Act 1273, the Fetal Protection Act.

The law made it a crime to injure or kill an unborn child who is more than 12 weeks gestation. A few months later, authorities used that law to prosecute a group of men who were hired to attack a pregnant woman and kill her unborn baby.

In 2013 we worked with lawmakers to expand the fetal homicide law to ensure it protected unborn children at every stage of development, starting from the moment of conception.

Laws like these promote the sanctity human life and help establish legally that unborn children are living human beings — something that could play a role in overturning Roe v. Wade.

State Medical Board Lets Abortionist Partially Resume Practice Pending Hearing in December

On Thursday the Arkansas State Medical Board agreed to let abortionist Dr. Tom Tvedten partially resume his practice, pending a hearing before the board in December.

Dr. Tvedten is an owner and medical director of Little Rock Family Planning Services, Arkansas’ only surgical abortion facility. The facility utilizes other abortion doctors besides Dr. Tvedten.

The State Medical Board suspended Dr. Tvedten’s medical license in August due to allegations that Dr. Tvedten “exhibited gross negligence and ignorant malpractice” in evaluating, diagnosing, and certifying a minor for a medical marijuana card.

Discussion between board members, Dr. Tvedten, and Dr. Tvedten’s attorney was live streamed during Thursday’s board meeting.

Members of the State Medical Board questioned the manner in which Dr. Tvedten evaluates and certifies patients to use “medical marijuana.” One made statements indicating Dr. Tvedten disregarded the opinions of two separate, board-certified pediatric psychiatrists in certifying the minor to use medical marijuana. However, the board opted not to have a full disciplinary hearing on the issue until December.

Obviously, this state board meeting raises a lot of questions.

The board indicated it will have a hearing in December to determine if Dr. Tvedten violated state law and should be penalized. It’s possible Dr. Tvedten and his attorney could reach some sort of agreement with the medical board to avoid further disciplinary action. For the time being, however, the board has let him partially resume his practice.