It should be no surprise that this proposed law comes from a Republican:
Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that 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. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.
I doubt that a bill that makes a legal medical procedure liable for the death penalty will pass. The bill, however, shows an astonishing lack of concern for women’s health and well-being. Under Rep. Franklin’s bill, HB 1, women who miscarry could become felons if they cannot prove that there was “no human involvement whatsoever in the causation” of their miscarriage. There is no clarification of what “human involvement” means, and this is hugely problematic as medical doctors do not know exactly what causes miscarriages. Miscarriages are estimated to terminate up to a quarter of all pregnancies and the Mayo Clinic says that “the actual number is probably much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally.”
That’s right, not only could you potentially face the death penalty under Franklin’s law, but you’re saddled with the burden of proof that your miscarriage wasn’t intentional. Can you imagine what’d it be like to have to deal with the trauma of a miscarriage while at the same time having to defend yourself in a court of law for fear of being put on death row for it?
There’s no way this bill would survive a Constitutional challenge should it manage to pass, but that shouldn’t be necessary anyway so long as there are still some politicians in Georgia with more than two brain cells to rub together. Surely they’re not all as brain-dead stupid as Rep. Franklin, right? Right?!?