Thursday, February 25, 2010

Asshat of the Day - February 25th, 2010

Today's Asshat of the Day is the entire freaking state of Utah, particularly its Legislature.

Why? For criminalizing miscarriage. Now, as explained here, that means that a woman who obtains an illegal abortion from someone other than a licensed physician could be charged with conspiracy to and complicity in first degree murder - with a penalty of life in prison.

A woman who causes a miscarriage through negative behaviour (for example, excessive drinking, drug use, some sort of violent activity) could be charged with negligent homicide or manslaughter.

This is absolutely a case of a) blaming the victim, and b) insanity. It is yet another step in removing a woman's control over her own body. It makes suppositions about fetal development that are not broadly acknowledged, nor supported. And as with most of the worst laws, it makes innocent people into criminals.

The initial link was correct; in doing this, Utah has become, amazingly, even worse as a state. And the Asshat of the Day.

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