Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Ga) proposed an anti-abortion bill that would make miscarriages a felony if the mother cannot prove there was no “human involvement.”
The legislation excludes those miscarriages that can be proven accidental and due to the woman’s bodily functions. Anyone who cannot prove their miscarriage was an act of nature could face the death penalty or life behind bars.
A miscarriage is, generally, the premature expulsion of a non-viable embryo. Miscarriage is very common and is usually the result of an abnormal or troubled pregnancy. As many as 40 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.
Anti-abortion bills are being proposed every day in state and federal legislatures and the pro-life versus pro-choice debate is as contentious as ever.
No matter what side of the debate one is on, anyone should see that this proposed Georgia bill goes way too far – to the point of being misogynistic. It is crazy to punish a woman who has lost her pregnancy and utterly demeaning to force her to prove she miscarried naturally.
Capital punishment is archaic, especially when it comes to using it as a way to prevent abortions. Today women earn the majority of college degrees, and hold the majority of jobs. Does this fact have something to do with why Rep. Franklin wants to punish them for, essentially, being women?
When most women conceive children, they are full of positive emotions. And, understandably, they would experience a lot of emotional stress if they lost their child. If this legislation were to become law, a woman who miscarried a child, and could not prove she was not involved, would have to go through the court system.
Those voting on this bill should not even think twice about passing it because of its bizarre nature. It would send us back to times when women had no rights and could not speak for themselves. If it goes into effect, women with chances of complications during pregnancy better start creating their alibis.