Proposed Georgia Law: Death Penalty for Abortions
...and miscarriages, too, maybe
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2011 5:40 PM CST
A framed copy of the Ten Commandments sits on the desk of State Sen. Bobby Franklin following a legislative session at the Georgia Capital, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Legislatively speaking, some might say this year has been tough on women (see here, here, and here), but Jen Phillips thinks she’s found the bill that takes the cake: In Georgia, State Rep. Bobby Franklin wants to criminalize not just abortions—but miscarriages as well. His 10-page bill would make any “prenatal murder” a felony punishable by death or life in prison—and that includes miscarriages, in the event the woman cannot prove that there was "no human involvement whatsoever in the causation" of her miscarriage, Phillips reports in Mother Jones.

Franklin—who’s known for introducing unconventional bills and has also proposed calling rape and domestic violence victims “accusers” instead of “victims”—doesn't define "human involvement" in the bill. That could be a problem, Phillips notes, since doctors still don’t know exactly what causes miscarriages. The bill would also mandate that women must protect their fetuses from "the moment of conception." (Meanwhile, a Nebraska state senator proposes a bill that would make it legal to kill abortion doctors; click here to read.)

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Feb 28, 2011 9:00 PM CST
This is really no different the 'Death Panels' the right was using to scare people. The writer didn't read the bill or is intentionally misrepresenting it. Also I actually agree with the accusers vs victims. If false rape accusation weren't so common then this wouldn't matter, but the fact is once a woman accuses a man of rape he is guilty until found innocent and even when a man is found not guuilty or not even charged his life is ruined by public opinion.
Feb 28, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Who says all lunatics are in the "crazy house"? Mr. Franklyn and the politician from Nebraska are not sick they are despicable human beings. Do they have children(females) who know what these two animals are suggesting?
Feb 28, 2011 10:39 AM CST
Apparently the person who wrote the original article, and the person who wrote this article, didn't read the bill. Here's the part in question: " 'Prenatal murder' means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a 'spontaneous abortion' and popularly as a 'miscarriage' so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event." It's quite obvious that the "human involvement" mentioned is meant to include this kind of situation: a pregnant woman gets mugged, the stress or physical encounter causes her to miscarry, so the mugger (not the mother) would be charged for not just the mugging, but the murder of the baby. There is no reason to believe this bill has anything to do with whether or not a woman missed a pre-natal vitamin once. From reading the bill, it's clear that the intention isn't to demonize a woman who has miscarried, but to place a high value on the unborn life and hold accountable those responsible for intentional murder (or murder as the result of another offense) . Also, there's absolutely nothing in the bill that would lead a rational person to think any woman would have to prove that she miscarried naturally. Who would go around questioning every woman who has suffered a miscarriage? And how would it even be known she miscarried? It's not like these things have to be registered with the local government. The "human involvement" part would only come up when a woman reports a crime in which she lost her baby due to another's actions. This is so obvious I can't believe it has to be explained. The only conclusion I can come to is that the writer of this article has a huge agenda and has no interest in reporting what the actual bill says, but rather to drum up controversy for the sake of causing discord. And most of you bought it.