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Okay, not all men are insensitive neanderthals, but Georgia state representative Bobby Franklin seems to be coming from the genetic wading pool’s rejected outer edge.  The bill Franklin wants passed, known as HB1, would classify the removal of a fetus from a woman for any reason other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus as “prenatal murder”, requiring miscarriages to be reported by hospitals and other medical institutions, and a fetal death certificate issued. The police would have to investigate any unreported miscarriage and its cause when a miscarriage occurs without attendance at a medical facility.

It’s more than just a hit to women who need abortions and those who provide them (declaring them “prenatal murder” and inflicting his personal belief that life begins at conception on everyone). He’s decided that when a woman suffers a miscarriage, it must be investigated to determine there was not an unnatural cause and human involvement (never mind that 40% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, often occurring before a woman is aware she’s pregnant and hasn’t missed her period), and a fetal death certificate must be issued. Anyone found responsible and guilty of “prenatal murder”, with the exception of cleared miscarriages, would have a minimum of life in prison and possibly face the death penalty (don’t you just love those pro-lifers?). A physician’s license would be suspended until they were cleared of the charges.

Police state, much?


And, as if the government weren’t making a traumatic experience worse enough already with trying to redefine it and cutting off health services by its defunding of Planned Parenthood, a rape victim is no longer a victim – they’re an “accuser”. They’re only a victim, and classified as such, once there has been a conviction in court. Not only rape victims are being affected by this. Victims of harassment, family violence and stalking are to be considered only “accusers” under this bill.

Hopefully, it’s going to be considered too ridiculous and a violation of an individual’s rights, but these days who can be sure?


~*~ Greenlee

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