Pregnant Woman Sentenced to Death 2 Years After She Gives Birth

pregnant womanThis is the very definition of cruel and unusual punishment. A pregnant woman was sentenced to death -- 2 years after her child is to be born. The crime that earned her that horrific penalty?

Meriam Yehya was convicted for apostasy, which is abandoning her Muslim faith to become a Christian. That, apparently, is a capital offense in Sudan. They gave her three days to recant but when she didn't, they sentenced her to hang. Just despicable. But the judge didn't stop there. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because her marriage to a Christian man was not valid under Islamic law.

Of course, as word spread of her plight, human rights groups have come to her defense. Amnesty International called the sentence "appalling and abhorrent." It certainly is -- and for many reasons. For one, faith should be a choice no matter where you live. But it's also a barbaric punishment because of when she is to be killed.

Can you even imagine watching your child grow, knowing you would be put to death after his second birthday? It would almost be easier emotionally if they just did it right after the birth. I am sure any mother would agree that this is akin to psychological torture. They allow her to give birth, possibly bond with her child, then she faces death.

My hope is that during those two years international organizations will win the fight to save her life.

Do you think her life will ultimately be spared?


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the4m... the4mutts

Queue the people defending "different cultures" at the expense of human rights in 3, 2...

nonmember avatar Amy

O.o..... Maybe it's a typo but uh.... 2 years? I know I'm not a math genius but it usually takes 9 months the whole process of carrying and delivering a child. I don't know if Sudan women have huber hybernation uterus to make a pregnancy last that long. Anyways, horrible, hope they don't go through with it.

nonmember avatar Shannon

I'm guessing the child's 2nd birthday because that is typically when children are weaned in Sudan? I do know that Islam forbids punishing the child for the "sins" of the mother --- as they see it.

amazz... amazzonia

amy, in sudan they don't have formula, in order for the baby to live, he needs to be nursed...

angel... angelbaby623

So sad. I will be praying God gives her freedom and a safe an happy life for her and her family.

Coles... Coles_mom

I'm probably going to get lambasted here, but it needs to be said... I'm a Christian, but if someone told me I'd die if I didn't "recant" and become Muslim again, you'd bet your ASS I'd be all like, "yep...I'm a Muslim..Allah, Allah, Allah" and then happily get my butt out of that country the second I could and live the Christian life I wanted. Does that make me a bad person or just a survivor. I believe Christianity and salvation and in you heart and if I had to use words as a means I self-preservation, all while still trusting in MY God, then so be it.

Coles... Coles_mom

Pardon the typos..I'm a fool at iPhone.

Baile... Bailey8307

I can't even imagine the horror this woman and her family are going through. I hope and pray to God that her sentence is never carried out. There must be someone who can intervene.

nonmember avatar Erik

Maybe "God" will save her? Nah, but in 2 years she will win a Darwin award for ignorance and stupidity.

kooko... kookoolala

I am with Coles mom. I would lie my butt off. And then find away to leave that country. I think what they are doing is bull and that their is no reason for them to kill someone due to religious beliefs.

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