No it is not a typo, you read the title correctly, “Miscarriage = Jail Time.” That is what this Georgia General Assembly Bill (HB1) is trying to impose on people. Apparently the plan is to knock women down when they are already in pain.
This bill is proposing that the Official Code of Georgia Annotated be amended to say that prenatal murder is unlawful. Although this bill is obviously aimed at those who choose to have abortions (which is a whole other topic for discussing another day), the wording in this bill is absolutely astonishing. According to the bill, “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.”
Let me break that down for you—You are in a car accident (which obviously has human involvement) and as a result you have a miscarriage. Are you going to jail because you caused the accident? Or how about this, you spend the first trimester of your pregnancy vomiting everything you eat, as with many miscarriages you happen to miscarry during those months. Are you then at fault because of your poor nourishment? If this law is to passed, women would be subject to accusations anytime they have a miscarriage, unless of course there was no doctor notified which would only make things worse. If this bill passes how many women would potentially not seek the prenatal care that is necessary. Will women avoid going to the doctor until much later in their pregnancy because of the fear they may miscarry and then have accusations made? Basically a bill that is aimed at protecting fetuses as humans is only hurting them more along with their mothers.
Come on now people, use your heads.
This bill is one that I take extremely personal. Although I have been pregnant 5 times, I have only given birth to two boys. As you can imagine my path to having my children was an extremely rocky one and one that if this bill was in place at the time would have left me in hot water.
My first pregnancy was an ectopic pregnancy. I had to choose between having the pregnancy removed (terminated) or risk my own life. Although this decission was extremely difficult for me, I obviously chose to my life. But under this bill would I would be accused of prenatal murder because the fetus was still alive when my pregnancy was terminated? Should I be in jail because I chose to save my own life?
My third pregnancy which followed my first son, was a miscarriage. I was only about 8 weeks when I miscarried but far enough along that my doctor was aware. Although I needed no medical attention and everything happened naturally, I still could have had accusations made against me had this law been in place (because I had sought prenatal care.)
My fourth pregnancy again was a miscarriage and I was much farther along when I lost this baby. I was incredibly sick and could barely eat for months. I went for my regular check-up and the doctor was unable to find a heartbeat. I had test after test and multiple sonograms, when it was finally determined that the baby was no longer alive. You would think that the worst part of this experience was losing a baby I so desperately wanted. However, the worst part was having to sign the paperwork to have a DNC. For some reason weeks after I had found out that baby was no longer living, I still had not naturally miscarried. At this point I had to have it surgically removed but all of the paperwork for a DNC was worded as I was volunatarily aborting my baby. Even though I knew that the baby was no longer alive, I had to sign paperwork that stated I was terminating my pregnancy by choice. That was one of the hardest moments of my life.
Now imagine that this bill passed in Georgia and another woman is faced with the same situation. Can you imagine how this would play out? Would she first be accused of doing something wrong and causing the babies dealth and if not that she would for sure be heald accountable once she signed the release forms for her DNC.
What is our world coming to? I cannot believe what has been thrown at women these past couple of months. Last month I was reading how the GOP wanted to redefine rape and make women prove they were attacked. “Rape is only really rape if it involves force.” Thank God for the people who stood up against that proposal and forced the GOP to take a step back and rethink that one. But the point is, why all of a sudden are we attacking women? Have women caused so much grief for others that we need to begin attacking them? What happened to “Innocent until proven guilty?” Are we really turning into such an accusatory society that we are guilty until proven innocent?
Please tell me that that our country is not turning into such a hateful and angry place that we will find ways to hurt women when they are already hurting.
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