Friday, February 26, 2010

Utah to criminalize miscarriages

Utah, always on first name terms with the Middle Ages, now seems to be actually in bed with them. In a church-sanctified, polygamous married state, of course. Otherwise it would be a sin.

It is outlawing miscarriages. You know, those things where a mother loses a pre-term baby and spends months crying and wondering what she did wrong and if only things could have been different? Well, now she'll be investigated by the police as well.

Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage

From the article:

A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate this week and waiting for the governor's signature, will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage, and make induced abortion a crime in some instances.

According Lynn M. Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, what makes Utah's proposed law unique is that it is specifically designed to be punitive toward pregnant women, not those who might assist or cause an illegal abortion or unintended miscarriage.

The bill passed by legislators amends Utah's criminal statute to allow the state to charge a woman with criminal homicide for inducing a miscarriage or obtaining an illegal abortion. The basis for the law was a recent case in which a 17-year-old girl, who was seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. Although the girl gave birth to a baby later given up for adoption, she was initially charged with attempted murder. However the charges were dropped because, at the time, under Utah state law a woman could not be prosecuted for attempting to arrange an abortion, lawful or unlawful.

Good christ, a young girl is so unfamiliar with family planning that she pays a guy to beat her up and the response is to pass a law criminalizing miscarriage? Does nobody in that pretty but let's face it hellhole state have even half a brain? Well they do, of course - in their own snakelike way: They're inching toward making abortions illegal, starting by investigating grieving women for possible criminal activity. It's no problem. Women don't really have feelings, being just the outer coat for the fetus they can carry.

1 comment:

Casey said...

Wow. Just Wow. I spent a few days in Salt Lake City a while back, and it was surreal and more than a tad disturbing.

Not as disturbing as this bit o' news, though.


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