The Supreme Court early Wednesday cleared the way for the federal execution of Lisa Montgomery – the only woman on federal death penalty in the United States.
Within hours, the Supreme Court stripped two executions to allow the federal prison bureau to kill Montgomery.
She will be the first federally executed woman in the United States since 1953.
The Supreme Court ruling came the day after a federal judge in Indiana granted Montgomery a stay of execution for mental health reasons.
Montgomery, the so-called “uterine robber”, was convicted in 2007 of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwestern town of Skidmore, Missouri.
She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby from the womb with a kitchen knife, authorities said.
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