MSNBC Reporter Calls Shooting Victim ‘Unborn Child’ Before Shifting to Say ‘Fetus’


An MSNBC reporter on Tuesday gave a live report on the death of an unborn child in the Texas church shooting, and appeared to be correcting herself when she shifted to call the victim a "fetus" instead of an "unborn child."

MSNBC's Mariana Atencio reported on the death of Karla Holcombe, a pregnant mother of who was killed during the shooting that left 26 people dead.

"She was pregnant, she died in the church behind me, and not only her and her unborn child, but three of her children," Atencio said.

"During this press conference, we learned that her unborn child is included in that count of 26 dead," she continued.

"So news out of that press conference is twenty-five and an unborn child, or a fetus if you will," she concluded.

Under Texas law, "an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth" is considered a person for the purpose of murder and other violent crimes.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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