This is Georgia (the state, not the country...some people do get confused) so why am I surprised that state Representative Bobby Franklins wants make abortion illegal and have investigations into all miscarriages to ascertain if they were truly spontatneous.
According to the Daily Kos, this isn't a new thing. Someone introduces a bill ever session that would make abortion a crime. It's hilarious, it's like the term Roe vs. Wade is something that doesn't apply to their state for reason.
Here is the wording of the law, though my second link is also a link to the summary.
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend the Official Code of Georgia Annotated so as to provide that prenatal murder shall be unlawful in all events and to remove numerous references to such procedures; to amend Title 16, relating to crimes and offenses, so as to make certain findings of fact; to define certain terms; to provide that any prenatal murder shall be unlawful; to provide a penalty; to repeal certain exceptions to certain offenses; to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
irishwitch says in the article on the Daily Kos "That banging sound you hear is me beating my head against the stone wall of sheer stupidity."
I'm banging my head right along with you irishwitch. I'll share ibuprofen with you if you need some...I have plenty stocked up these days.
Also in the Daily Kos article, irishwitch makes an interesting point.
Franklin's H1 basically says that GA has a duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death (yet he also proposed a bill last session that would forbid the CDC from requiring mandatory flu vaccinations in a pandemic; apparently preventing massive deaths from a pandemic don't come under the heading of protecting life). He announces that we all know life begins at conception, and that abortion is "prenatal homicide". Furthermore, he states that a fetus is (or should be) a person under GA law, and thus entitled to equal protection under the law (yet gay adults shouldn't be allowed to marry, according to Representative Franklin, under that same equal protection clause in the GA constitution).
I particularly wanted to share a piece of music with you all, because damn if it isn't illustrative of that paragraph, but it appears that Roy Zimmerman has yet to record his song "The Lumpy Side of Freedom" and I only remember bits and pieces from when I saw him in concert.
To sum it up, people like Franklin are happy to have freedom of religion...as long as it doesn't impede their ability to force everyone to follow the rules of their religion. When they realize that freedom and justice for all isn't mandated by their religious laws...they find themselves waking up on the lumpy side of freedom and they don't like it very much.
The most ridiculous thing about this law, even more ridiculous than a state representative thinking he can bypass federal law, is that the bill contains NO EXCEPTIONS! Not for health reasons for the fetus, not for rape or incest, not to save the life of the mother, Franklin sees this as black and white. The fetus, I'm sorry, the BABY as they want me to call it, is equally important and must be given equal care to that of the mother. I'm sorry, but I don't see it that way.
Besides that, this law turns women who have miscarried into criminals, which is simply unacceptable, cruel and ridiculous. Franklin needs a slap in the face from women everywhere, but we'll reserve the front of the line for the women who have been pregnant and had miscarriages (1 in 3 if you're interested).
I doubt this law will pass, even if it did I highly doubt it would stand for long before it was taken before the supreme court. That doesn't really matter though, what matters is that our country has become THIS ridiculous!
Sorry, I need to go cry for humanity now.