Ala. court says woman can sue over fetus death

The Alabama Supreme Court says a Birmingham-area woman can sue over the death of her fetus in a car wreck in 2007 even though the unborn child couldn't have lived outside the womb.

The decision released Friday expands the legal rights for people to sue over the death of fetuses before they are viable.

April Mack filed a wrongful death suit against two drivers after the car in which she was riding was involved in a crash. The woman was badly injured and suffered a miscarriage.

The suit was partially settled, but a Jefferson County judge dismissed the woman's suit against one of the drivers last year. The court said she couldn't sue because her unborn child couldn't live outside the womb.

The justices overturned that ruling.

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