Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Barbarism in Utah

Criminalizing miscarriage. Theocrats for limitless government reaching into wombs and family life.

"Perhaps the most troubling part of the bill is a standard that could make women legally responsible for miscarriages caused by so-called 'reckless' behavior. Under the 'reckless behavior' standard, an attorney only needs to show that the woman behaved in a manner that is thought to cause miscarriage, even if she did not intend to lose the pregnancy. Under this law, if a woman drinks too much and has a miscarriage, she could face prosecution.

Many states have fetal homicide laws, most of which apply only in the third trimester. Utah's bill, hwoever, [sic] would apply through the entire duration of a woman's pregnancy. Even common first trimester miscarriages could trigger a murder trial."

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