The Republican attacks on women’s reproductive heath continue to escalate. The latest shining star in the pantheon of Republican hate (If you want a Republican to care about you, remain a fetus!) hails from Georgia.
State Rep. Bobby Franklin has added another waste of time and paper to the growing mountain of GOP imbecility. From Mother Jones:
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.”
The law is unconstitutional on its face. It shifts the burden of proof to the accused to demonstrate no human causal agency.
And, of course, as a matter of science and reason it has its legislative head jammed up its philosophical ass.
As noted, most miscarriages occur because the fetus is not developing as it should. Since the fetus is a human being / a person from the moment of conception (in the view of the author / sponsor of this bill), then the fetus is at fault.
Rights come with responsibilities (ask any Republican). If one is going to have a fetal right to life, then one has the responsibility to develop properly. Miscarriage is, therefore, prima facie evidence of misfeasance on the part of the blastocyst.
Thankfully there is settled precedent preventing the arrest and trial of dead people…and besides, where would we get tiny little handcuffs?