Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Georgia anti-abortion bill would equate abortion to murder, require investigation of miscarriages

| »
Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-GA)
Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-GA)

Seems like Newton’s third law of motion might as well be applied to society as well. Having just come off a bit of splendid news, I must now blog about how Georgia Rep. Bobby Franklin (R), last seen trying to relabel rape victims as rape ‘accusers’, is now pushing anti-abortion legislation that would require that all miscarriages be investigated and would even go so far as to make abortion the legal equivalent of murder:

The bill, known as HB 1, was uncovered by the progressive blog The Daily Kos.

Franklin's bill 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." Physicians indicted for alleged "prenatal murder" would have their license suspended until they were found innocent of the crime.

Although the legislation would not place any criminal penalties on natural spontaneous abortions, it would require miscarriages to be reported by hospitals and other medical institutions, and a fetal death certificate issued.

You gotta hand it to these ideological asshats. They really just don’t give up, ever. This sort of tenacity would be so very welcome in politics, if only it didn’t come at the expense of women’s health and civil rights in general.

(via @PersonalFailure)