“In the state of Virginia as long as the umbilical cord is attached and the placenta is still in the mother, if the baby comes out alive the mother can do whatever she wants to with that baby to kill it,” said Investigator Tracy Emerson. “She could shoot the baby, stab the baby. As long as it’s still attached to her in some form by umbilical cord or something it’s no crime in the state of Virginia.”
NO, there is no Unintended Consequence of a baby dying, that was the full intention of the law. That is WHY the law was written in such a manner.
As Uncle Di so aptly points out:
"Because the mother and baby were still connected by the umbilical cord and placenta, state law does not consider the baby to be a separate life." They're saying, in short, state law does not consider the baby to be a baby.
Put that way, something looks wrong.
The Unintended Consequence was that there would be reporters needing to resemble pretzels to write about it.
Our Lady of Guadelupe pray for us.