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September 12, 2000
"Pregnant Sect Member's Case Is a Rights Quandary" (Sept. 9), about Rebecca Corneau of Massachusetts being confined until her baby is delivered, raises a number of interesting issues. According to the article, she was confined because she belongs to a religious group that does not believe in medicine but in prayer only. What if she had decided to have an abortion instead of carry her baby to term? No action would have been taken against her, because abortion is legal. But because she chose to have her baby instead of terminate it, she is confined because, following her religious beliefs, she did not choose to have prenatal care.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2000
"Pregnant Sect Member's Case Is a Rights Quandary" (Sept. 9), about Rebecca Corneau of Massachusetts being confined until her baby is delivered, raises a number of interesting issues. According to the article, she was confined because she belongs to a religious group that does not believe in medicine but in prayer only. What if she had decided to have an abortion instead of carry her baby to term? No action would have been taken against her, because abortion is legal. But because she chose to have her baby instead of terminate it, she is confined because, following her religious beliefs, she did not choose to have prenatal care.
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September 9, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Locked in a Massachusetts state facility, Rebecca Corneau is an unlikely feminist heroine. She is deeply religious, part of an intensely fundamentalist Christian sect that denounces modern society and relies on prayer over law, medicine or any other mortal contrivance. She also is close to nine months pregnant.
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September 9, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Locked in a Massachusetts state facility, Rebecca Corneau is an unlikely feminist heroine. She is deeply religious, part of an intensely fundamentalist Christian sect that denounces modern society and relies on prayer over law, medicine or any other mortal contrivance. She also is close to nine months pregnant.
NEWS
October 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A pregnant member of a fundamentalist sect who was held in a Boston medical facility to protect her fetus gave birth to a girl who was taken into state custody. Rebecca Corneau gave birth to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby, prosecutor Gerry FitzGerald said. The girl's fate will be decided by the courts. Corneau and her husband, David, are members of a Christian sect in Attleboro that rejects conventional medicine.
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February 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two members of a religious sect that rejects modern medicine were jailed in Attleboro after refusing to cooperate with authorities looking for their missing baby. Rebecca and David Corneau showed no emotion as they were led away in handcuffs. They had refused to acknowledge her pregnancy until Tuesday, when they said Rebecca Corneau miscarried last fall but refused to reveal where the remains were buried.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though he tearfully insisted that he was merely following God's will, a jury on Friday convicted Jacques Robidoux, 29, of first-degree murder in the starvation death of his infant son. The verdict carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. Robidoux, a leader of a small fundamentalist sect known as the Body, had told jurors this week that he believed a miracle might save the boy, who was deprived of solid food for 51 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2002 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although 11-month-old Julia Wiebe struggled for days with a raging fever before dying of meningitis last summer, authorities say the true cause of death was neglect by her mother and father. Richard and Agnes Wiebe of Rancho Cucamonga face charges of involuntary manslaughter for failing to get the simple antibiotics that would have saved Julia's life. They have pleaded not guilty.
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