| If you miscarry, you can go to jail
Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 05:59:59 AM EDT
I’m not joking. In Tennessee, there’s a new law that has passed both chambers which allows prosecution if a pregnant woman miscarries. Even in the first few weeks when she is carrying an embryo. Let’s be clear: about half of all fertilized eggs never become babies, as per NIH.
Some common causes include, but are not limited to, obesity, maternal age, diabetes, physical problems with the egg, and physical problems of the mother. Suddenly, this is a crime. Miscarriage can also be caused by accident, exposure to toxins and chemicals and all sorts of other things. For example, if you have cancer and are undergoing chemo and get pregnant, a miscarriage is likely. You’re in a car accident. Or you accidentally fall down the stairs. Like this:
Amazing? No – the far right in action in Iowa.
Let’s say you’re a drug addict who is raped and gets pregnant. You go for drug treatment so that the baby can be born clean. In Alabama, you can be arrested for child endangerment since you exposed the fetus to drugs, even though the intent is to protect the pregnancy. It’s happened to 60 women to date.
It’s hard to know what to say here. You’ve got a bunch of far right teabaggers who care about cellular clumps, which is what a 2 week old embryo actually is: undifferentiated cells. Care more then they do about actual people. Look at all the couples who try in vitro: most of those embryos are lost. Should they be prevented from trying because of the fear of jail? Should a woman immediately go to bed and stay there once she knows she’s pregnant to avoid any potential threat? The people who write these laws are insane, and devoid of any knowledge of science. And yet they get re-elected. Get up, get angry, and make sure everyone you know knows what they’re voting for when they vote for a Republican.
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