Proposed law in Georgia would make abortion and miscarriages capital crimes.

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A master of well-reasoned and sensible legislation.

It should be no surprise that this proposed law comes from a Republican:

Ga. Law Could Give Death Penalty for Miscarriages – Mother Jones

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any “prenatal murder” in the words of the bill, including “human involvement” in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.

I doubt that a bill that makes a legal medical procedure liable for the death penalty will pass. The bill, however, shows an astonishing lack of concern for women’s health and well-being. Under Rep. Franklin’s bill, HB 1, women who miscarry could become felons if they cannot prove that there was “no human involvement whatsoever in the causation” of their miscarriage. There is no clarification of what “human involvement” means, and this is hugely problematic as medical doctors do not know exactly what causes miscarriages. Miscarriages are estimated to terminate up to a quarter of all pregnancies and the Mayo Clinic says that “the actual number is probably much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally.”

That’s right, not only could you potentially face the death penalty under Franklin’s law, but you’re saddled with the burden of proof that your miscarriage wasn’t intentional. Can you imagine what’d it be like to have to deal with the trauma of a miscarriage while at the same time having to defend yourself in a court of law for fear of being put on death row for it?

There’s no way this bill would survive a Constitutional challenge should it manage to pass, but that shouldn’t be necessary anyway so long as there are still some politicians in Georgia with more than two brain cells to rub together. Surely they’re not all as brain-dead stupid as Rep. Franklin, right? Right?!?

14 thoughts on “Proposed law in Georgia would make abortion and miscarriages capital crimes.

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  2. Considering Iowa and Nebraska both are doing about the same thing, not to mention the bill recently shelved in South Dakota that would allow someone who murders an abortion provider to use the defense of “justifiable homicide” I’m beginning to see a disturbing pattern emerging.

    I can’t tell if it’s pre election cycle base stirring or honest to goodness rectal harberdashery, but it’s chilling either way. Makes me wish all the harder I could get the sterilization procedure I want done.

  3. Wait. That doesn’t make sense on Miscarriages. Why punish the mother who loses the fetus because it decided to commit suicide? And yes, I read the thing,

  4. She may have had a cup of coffee. Or a glass of wine, or a few beers before realizing she was pregnant. Or gone to work. Or basically done anything other than be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

  5. A pretty stupid bill. However, I do support the previously mentioned one. Just because someone says they were raped does NOT mean it actually happened. Language like that does motivate others to immediately judge the accused as a criminal, which is terrible.

  6. But wouldn’t that law make the official State Executioner guilty of a capitol crime which would make his executioner guilty of a capitol crime which would…aw fuck it.

  7. And yet again it’s men trying to take away women’s rights and equality. That bill is BS, and if doctor’s have any common sense they won’t report any accidental miscarriages. How is the gov’t to know who had a miscarriage? I thought patient records were kept confidential. I was wondering how the senator would know when a woman has a miscarriage. Do they expect doctors to report every pregnancy and miscarriage that happens? If any doctor in their right mind has any common sense, they will keep hush hush if that bill was to pass. I don’t see how it’s anyone’s business but the doctor’s and the patients, but correct me if i’m wrong in this matter. I think the bill is stupid and doesn’t care about women’s rights. It all seems to be a religious anti-woman thing to me. Let’s punish the woman for everything that happens. Total BS to me that bill is.

  8. I think that State Rep. Bobby Franklin and any men who agree with him should be required to have a penectomy. That way, they will not personally be responsible for any situation in which a miscarriage or abortion would even be a possibility. Now THAT would be dedication to one’s belief system.

  9. This is why states across the nation are popping up with the same laws and agenda.

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    Through ALEC, corporatio­ns have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.

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  10. It should be no surprise that this proposed law comes from a Republican:

    Must be a typo. Republicans want to get government out of people’s private lives.

    Or is it, they want to get Jesus into people’s private lives, and use the government to do it? Now I’m confused.

  11. This is why it is important to pay attention to elections and what the candidates want and what they say. So many people don’t pay attention and either do not vote, or vote for dumb reasons: Hair , age, cuteness, because someone I know did etc… Think, listen and learn. People had to vote this guy into office. He could have lied through his teeth and may not have mentioned this in his goals in the first place, but the feelings were obviously there. I’m not sure even ‘pro-lifers” would agree to kill a mother for a miscarriage. Remember this is a democracy, if everyone does not exercise their rights to vote, we end up with people only getting 30% of a popular vote and still winning.

  12. This guy is completely out of his mind. Why do people vote for these morons who are wasting taxpayer money on legislating nonsense issues when we have 14 Million Americans out of work, barely being able to make ends meet, not to mention people who are homeless and not able to get food.

  13. While I agree with Laura’s sentiments, I think we who are liberals sometimes flatter ourselves. The reality is that not everyone thinks as we do, and it would be no shock if most (or at least very many) people in Georgia/the South/Red States probably would support this law, at least to some degree.

    To my way of thinking democracy is irrelevant in these sort of cases. No one should be able to vote away Constitutional rights. Abortion should be legal in every state per the Supreme Court. And the miscarriage aspect is simply Christarded.

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