A Thursday hearing in Jones County Superior Court about when life begins in the eyes of the law has been postponed to Feb. 26.
The case stems from an Aug. 10, 2013, car accident along Ga. 49, which a woman says caused her to miscarry. Patricia Love was 3 weeks pregnant at the time.
Love filed a $2 million wrongful death lawsuit last year. It names the other car’s driver, Mamie Bivins of Macon, and the car’s owner, James Bivins, as defendants.
Love’s lawyer, David Dorer, contends in a court filing that Georgia courts previously have held that life begins when a child can move inside a mother’s womb, but a 2006 amendment to the state’s feticide law now offers protection to an unborn child at any stage of development.
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In another court filing, the Bivinses’ attorneys, Cubbedge Snow III and Michael Mayo, deny that their clients were negligent. They also argue in their response that the law’s standard in defining life that depends on whether a fetus is “able to stir in the mother’s womb” hasn’t changed.