Friday, February 26, 2010

The Most Horrible Thing I've Ever Heard

Take a look at this article regarding "a new Utah law that could charge women with homicide if they miscarry." I hope this is someone's idea of a really terrible joke, or else it's the most horrible thing I've ever heard. My three miscarriages have been the most traumatizing events of my entire life, but to know that I could be thrown in jail because my body is out of whack? How utterly terrible.


Kathy said...

It is horrible, but, if you read it closely, it says that it would be for an "intentional, knowing, or reckless act" that results in miscarriage. An example would be not wearing a seatbelt. So it theoretically wouldn't apply to your situation. I'm not saying that makes it right, but I thought I'd point that out. I would be shocked if the bill was approved!

Jim said...

For a less sensational article, I would check out the link to the Salt Lake Tribune at the end of your original link, Amy. It gives the example that inspired the legislation, which adds some necessary context.

Also, the paragraph by Dan Savage is ridiculous. That's not the way crime enforcement works. I would say more, but his statement is just so far-fetched that it doesn't warrant wasting my time refuting it.

Lastly, I think that the word "reckless" probably should have been taken out to avoid the domestic abuse situation. Punishing women who are victims of a psychological trap does no good. Hopefully the Utah Attorney General will follow the intention of the legislature and not prosecute in those situations.

Thanks for the interesting read this morning, Amy!

amypfan said...

Agreed on all counts, Kathy and Jim. It just made me so sad to think about some poor woman getting caught up in the system after going through such a traumatic experiencel probably eventually being found innocent, but still having to deal with all that. I admit that I did post the most inflamatory of the articles though - not trying for sensationalism, it was just the first one I read! :)

Andrea said...

What I think is sad is the reason they want to make the bill. Someone paid another person to beat them up so they could miscarry? Yikes. I do think they should revise the wording but it sounds like it has to be proven to be intentional.

I do find the entire thing to be a bit strange. It makes sense in states where abortion is illegal period, but the article says abortion is legal in Utah. So you can get an abortion as long as you pay a doctor to do it?