Having a child in a stagecoach

In 1709, the German legal scholar Dr. Heinrich Klüver published the following important work (which, amazingly, is available in its entirety on Google books): Kurtzes Bedencken über die juristische Frage: Ob eine schwangere Frau wenn sie wärender Reise auf dem Wagen eines Kindes genesen, für selbiges Fuhr-Lohn zu geben gehalten sey?

Translation: Brief consideration of the judicial question: whether a pregnant woman, bearing a child while traveling in a stagecoach, is obliged to pay a fare for it or not.

Substitute Greyhound bus for stagecoach, and you have a question still relevant for present-day weird news scenarios.

Dr. Klüver's answer was: No, the woman doesn't have to pay an extra fare for the newly arrived baby.

His reasoning was that: 1) the baby wouldn't take up an extra seat if the mother held it in her lap.

And 2) The driver must have seen that the woman was pregnant when she boarded the coach, so he should have been aware of the possibility of her giving birth and charged her extra at that time, if he felt it was necessary.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 09, 2013
     Category: Babies | Law | Eighteenth Century

Off topic about women: I heard in LA etc the women/girlfriends of male gang members are forming what they call glangs (girl lady gangs). I think it gives a whole new meaning to something like the bloods 🐛 :ohh: I'd watch the heck out for them once a month at least.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 08/09/13 at 03:27 PM
There are worse places to be born than a stagecoach. Detroit comes to mind ...
Posted by KDP on 08/09/13 at 04:28 PM
More violence, just what they need.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/09/13 at 06:49 PM
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