Pamela - posted on 08/01/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
In Georgia legislation has been introduced that seeks to criminalize miscarriages. The language of the bill currently being considered places the burden of proof on the woman to prove that there was “no human involvement” in her miscarriage. In other words if a mother is thought to struggle with a drug addiction and it results in her losing her baby, she can be charged with prenatal murder, a charge that can carry the penalty of death should this law pass.
Utah has a similar piece of legislation already. The state representatives wrote the bill in response to a 17-year-old girl who hired a guy for $150 to beat her up and cause a miscarriage as she was unable to get access to a legal abortion. Her boyfriend, an older man, had threatened to leave her should she continue the pregnancy. The state prosecutor attempted to bring charges of attempted murder against the girl but had to drop them...hence, the creation of this law. I believe there are other states that have similar laws in place.
The irony is some of these laws were put in place to protect pregnant women - in other words, if a woman is pregnant and a man beats her up (such as an abusive boyfriend or husband), charges can be brought against the man. Unfortunately, only one man has been charged for beating his girlfriend while she was pregnant - it was dropped. However, over 300 women are facing criminal charges for miscarriages...
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