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Criminal Miscarriage

February 2010

This seems sensible. Oh, wait, no, it's batshit fucking insane:

In addition to criminalizing an intentional attempt to induce a miscarriage or abortion, the bill also creates a standard that could make women legally responsible for miscarriages caused by "reckless" behavior.

Using the legal standard of "reckless behavior" all a district attorney needs to show is that a woman behaved in a manner that is thought to cause miscarriage, even if she didn't intend to lose the pregnancy. Drink too much alcohol and have a miscarriage? Under the new law such actions could be cause for prosecution.

"This creates a law that makes any pregnant woman who has a miscarriage potentially criminally liable for murder."

Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage

Christina commented:

Oh, Utah! That's frightening, incredibly shortsighted, and I'm guessing will be mostly policed and prosecuted by men.

I'm not entirely sure why they feel it's necessary to even bring this law in, unless it's a way to make sure no one does back-street abortions. If that's the case, then my head asplodes.

Matt commented:

It's because a woman's only function is having babies, and how dare a woman act as if her body is her own and not make a baby.