Death Penalty for Miscarriages Coming Soon to Georgia?

Sheri Reed
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woman hospital sad worriedIn the lovely state of Georgia, State Rep. Bobby Franklin is setting out to criminalize abortions. But I don't want to talk about that. Instead, I want to talk about the fact that Franklin also wants to criminalize miscarriages. That's right -- suffer a miscarriage, get the chair ...

What in the world is this guy thinking? And who the hell does he think he's protecting? And how the hell did such a psychopath get to be an elected official?

If passed, Franklin's ludicrous bill would make any “prenatal murder” a felony and punishable by death or life in prison -- and somehow that also includes miscarriages, which last time I checked meant the spontaneous, unprovoked loss of a pregnancy. That's right. If the woman cannot prove "no human involvement whatsoever in the causation" of her miscarriage, Franklin wants her put to death.

Now we definitely all don't see eye to eye when it comes to keeping legal the choice to terminate a viable pregnancy; however, I think we can probably all agree that convicting a woman who has suffered a miscarriage if she can't PROVE it did NOT occur due to some sort of negligent behavior is fricking insane.

I had two miscarriages between my sons and my doctors could not tell me why they occurred. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn't developing normally, but there are many other reasons and many times they never know. Suffering miscarriage is such a heartbreaking experience, and often times after such a loss, women already feel guilty that it was something they did wrong.  

Did I lift too many boxes at work? Stress too much? Was it the aspirin I took before I knew I was pregnant? Did I eat the wrong things? Play too rough with my toddler? Dealing with this line of questioning in our own minds is excruciating enough. I cannot imagine someone completely uninvolved in the loss, like the government, coming in then and pointing the finger and asking for proof of innocence in the matter.

I mean what exactly is "human involvement" by Franklin's definition? How far will he take this? And how does holding women "responsible" for protecting their fetuses from "the moment of conception" make women who have miscarriage feel, especially when most healthy women have about a 15-20 percent chance of miscarrying in the first place? Are we trying to make women feel worse or feel somehow responsible?

This bill is cruel and horrifying, and this type of legislation shows blatant disregard for women suffering such loss.

Is this guy totally insane or do you think women who miscarry need to be questioned?

 

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