Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage

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    A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate this week and waiting for the governor's signature, will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage, and make induced abortion a crime in some instances.

    According Lynn M. Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, what makes Utah's proposed law unique is that it is specifically designed to be punitive toward pregnant women, not those who might assist or cause an illegal abortion or unintended miscarriage.

    The bill passed by legislators amends Utah's criminal statute to allow the state to charge a woman with criminal homicide for inducing a miscarriage or obtaining an illegal abortion. The basis for the law was a recent case in which a 17-year-old girl, who was seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. Although the girl gave birth to a baby later given up for adoption, she was initially charged with attempted murder. However the charges were dropped because, at the time, under Utah state law a woman could not be prosecuted for attempting to arrange an abortion, lawful or unlawful.


    The bill passed by the Utah legislature would change that. While the bill does not affect legally obtained abortions, it criminalizes any actions taken by women to induce a miscarriage or abortion outside of a doctor's care, with penalties including up to life in prison.

    "What is really radical and different about this statute is that all of the other states' feticide laws are directed to third party attackers," Paltrow explained. "[Other states' feticide laws] were passed in response to a pregnant woman who has been beaten up by a husband or boyfriend. Utah's law is directed to the woman herself and that's what makes it different and dangerous

    Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage | RHRealityCheck.org


    shades of atwood's "hand maiden's tale"
     
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    Your headline is misleading. The law criminalizes the act of creating a miscarriage not a miscarriage caused by natural events. But then we have never accused the left of being honest now have we?
     
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    Hell, you need a license to fish, why not to abort?
     
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    Does not match with
    First you say it punished women for having a miscarriage and not just for inducing it. Then you say it's for inducing it.

    Which is it?
    And the women got away scot-free? And going after the women herself for is wrong.... why?


    So it's dangerous because it says women are responsible for their actions as men are?


    Sounds similar o child endangerment laws.


    Not based on what the articles' said thus far.

    Being a victim would generally rule out acting of your own volition, no?

    Many people are investigated and/or arrested under suspicion of committing crimes. If they find a baby dead at the bottom of the stairs, is there something wrong with acting as though it's possible I dropped it intentionally, if there are suspicious circumstances?

    It took an awful long time before you finally made what could be a valid complaint. Do they plan to cite the relevant language in the bill?

    Huh? Crackbabies and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome- ever heard of them?
     
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    I see more teenage mothers in Utah's future...
     
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    This is about banning RU-486 sales?
     
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    No because that is prescribed by a doctor, I think?
     
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    Why? They are able to get legal abortions. If anything, this law is protecting them..... from themselves and their own stupidity.
     
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    And if someone decides to accuse a woman of inducing her miscarriage?

    Or will medical staffs grill women over their miscarriage as they now grill parents over children brought in with injuries (not that I disagree with that, mind you)?
     
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