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Georgia Proposes Death for Abortions and Miscarriages

The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death.  We know that life begins at conception.  After nearly four decades of legal human prenatal murder, it is now abundantly clear that the practice has negatively impacted the people of this state in many ways, including economic, health, physical, psychological, emotional, and medical well-being.

This is the beginning of a bill proposed by Republican Representative Bobby Franklin for the state of Georgia back in February.  (READ IT HERE)  It establishes two very dangerous legal precedents.  First, it “pre-defines” into existence the concept of legal human prenatal murder.  Second, it explicitly grants personhood to fetuses from the moment of conception. I’ve argued before that personhood for fetuses would be the worst thing possible for women, and I was accused of histrionics.  It turns out I was right.

[The] ten page bill…  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. (LINK)

Think about this for a minute.  If you were pregnant and worked out a little too hard at the gym during your first trimester, you could go to prison for life.  If you were driving and caused a car accident, you could receive the death penalty if the accident caused a woman to miscarry. To be fair, I don’t believe this bill will pass.  But there’s a dangerous precedent being set all over the country.  This kind of legislation is coming down the pipe at an extraordinary rate, and I fear that we do ourselves a great disservice by labeling these guys as insane or stupid.  There are two big advantages to swamping the floor with fascist legislation:

  1. Something might pass.  Remember, in North Dakota, a bill passed the House by a 9-3 vote that would have legalized killing doctors who have performed abortions.  A couple of absent Democrats in the senate, and it might have been able to sneak through.  All the religious wackos need is one legal precedent, and then every other battle gets that much easier. (There have been over 800 bills attacking Roe v. Wade since January! Eventually, something’s bound to stick.)
  2. Other bills will look better by comparison.  It’s the same as when we were kids.  “Mom, can I have a horse?”  No.  “Mom, can I have a pony?”  No.  “Mom, can I have a real dumptruck?”  No.  “Mom, can I have this toy dumptruck that only costs $59.99?”  You never lead with the real offer.  These guys didn’t get elected to public office while missing this simple truism.

Don’t believe for a second that the plan is to instantly turn America into a Christio-Fascist state.  Instead, watch for more subtle legislation that appears much more reasonable in comparison.  Watch for “concessions” from the right that will soften their bills, but still institute more and tighter restrictions on women’s rights, such as the ability to receive and pay for abortions. In case you think this is just so much claptrap, they do have their own “legal justification” forcompletely ignoring Roe v Wade:

The bill contends that Georgia is exempt from upholding Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade because the Constitution’s Article I only governs five crimes: counterfeiting, piracy, high seas felonies, offenses against the law of nations, and treason. According to the bill, since murder is not one of those five crimes, it should be solely governed by the state.

I don’t want to end on a histrionic note here, but…. um…

Georgia is actually considering, and will likely vote on a bill that would allow the DEATH PENALTY FOR MISCARRIAGES!!!!

Is it ok if I get really upset about that?

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One thought on “Georgia Proposes Death for Abortions and Miscarriages

  1. I had to look that up–I’m not surprised to see Georgia showing its ass on this issue but that’s just fucking crazy. Based on how it’s worded, it’s not clear whether a doctor could perform a procedure to save a woman from dying of an ectopic pregnancy without earning himself the death penalty.

    And there’s this little gem from the bill:

    (20) The nullification of a state’s properly promulgated laws is specifically delineated as an offense committed by King George III against the states, for which separation became necessary.
    (21) Compliance with, and continuation of, a fiat determination of the Supreme Court from nearly years ago will cause the basis of this Union, and eventually the Union itself, to fall.

    Good news, though. According to this article (http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=14263667), the bill is dead.

    But you’re right, if it keeps snowing anti-abortion bills, one is bound to get through.

    Posted by Ian | March 23, 2011, 4:24 pm

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