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  •  Having a miscarriage (4.00)
    can be one of the most depressing of life's experiences--I know it was for me. I found it shattering to have wanted to have a baby, to be holding the beginnings of life in my body, and then to have it bleed out of me. In some irrational way I blamed myself, not because I'd done anything wrong, but because the one thing a mother should do is protect her child, and I was helpless to protect my potential child from death.

    I can only imagine how much greater the shame and sorrow and guilt would be if I had to call the POLICE in that state of mind!

    •  Agree (none)
      It is inhumane to ask anyone to talk about such a painful sad event for weeks and months after.

      and the government has no damn business knowing this anyway....NO DAMN BUSINESS.

    •  Exactly (4.00)
      And as I did research on this and found out the exact questions are on the form for fetal death reporting, I got mad not only on behalf of the woman, but on behalf of the police.  (To a far lesser degree, of course.)

      I know a number of police officers, and I can't imagine that any of them would want to subject a woman to the kind of questions they would be required to ask in order to process such a report.   Implementation of this law would be not only an enormous paperwork burden on local police, but would be personally very onerous for the police officers involved.  If I had to take such a report, I'd be saying, "I'm SO sorry I have to ask you this, ma'am" after every question.  Actually, I think I'd refuse to do it and file a grievance with my union.  It's unconscionable.

      •  What a hot cop show it will make (none)
        Besides the awfulness of being tasked with taking fetal death reports, perhaps cops need to get a couple of other things done during a shift now and then.  

        'Course if they're busy enough with fetal death reports, they can't be out violating wife-beaters' rights or child-rapers' rights or cross-burners' rights.  

        :::hissing steam:::

        And though it's been said a few times above, I'm going to say it again -- tremendous work, Maura.  Thank you.

        "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

        by KateCrashes on Thu Jan 06, 2005 at 07:21:22 PM PST

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      •  Get the police to write (none)
        to the legislature and papers.  After all, they are going to suffer under the load of paperwork this will generate; not to mention the discomfort of asking all the intrusive and/or unanswerable questions listed above.

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