I just read about a pregnant British woman facing possible execution by firing squad in Laos -- she goes on trial this week.
Apparently, the woman, 20, was arrested back in August for drug trafficking. She was alleged to have been carrying a little over two pounds of heroin and, in Laos, the death penalty would be the typical sentence for that amount of drugs.
She became pregnant in prison and, given her age and the circumstances, British officials working on her behalf are concerned about her health and worried that the sex act may not have been consensual.
The woman's mother, who lives in Dublin, learned about her daughter's plight from the British Foreign Office and says she didn't know what her daughter was doing in Laos and can't believe she would be involved in drug trafficking.
British Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell issued a statement about the case over the weekend, saying "The British Government is opposed to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We have made the Laos authorities aware of this at the highest levels."
The last execution in Laos was in 1990. A British lawyer has arrived to meet with the woman in prison, but a local lawyer must be appointed to her as well.
Wow, there's a lot going on in this story -- foreign countries, drug trafficking, a confused mother, lawyers, and the threat of the death penalty.
But at the center of it all is a pregnant woman.
What does news like this make you think?