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If you thought last year's proposed bill in Utah to criminalize miscarriages was bad, just look at what they're trying to do in Georgia.

Via Mother Jones:

There's a new bill on the block that may have reached the apex (I hope) of woman-hating craziness. Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence "victims" into "accusers"—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any "prenatal murder" in the words of the bill, including "human involvement" in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it's everything an "pro-life" activist could want aside from making all women who've had abortions wear big red "A"s on their chests.


Under Rep. Franklin's bill, HB 1, women who miscarry could become felons if they cannot prove that there was "no human involvement whatsoever in the causation" of their miscarriage.

Got that? Prove you didn't murder your baby, or we might have to kill you. That's the "pro-life" way.

The bill is unlikely to pass, and even if it passes, it will undoubtedly be overturned. Aside from the standard forced-birther absurdities—defining a fetus as a person from the moment of conception; defining abortion as "prenatal murder"; some gratuitous (not to mention ironic) statements about the sanctity of life—it also states that the Supreme Court "had no jurisdiction to hear or decide the case of Roe v. Wade," and because Georgia was not a party to that lawsuit, it "carries no legal effect in Georgia."

Courts don't tend to look too favorably on states that claim the law of the land doesn't apply to their land.

And then there are these fighting words:

Compliance with, and continuation of, a fiat determination of the Supreme Court from nearly 40 years ago will cause the basis of this Union, and eventually the Union itself, to fall.

Hopefully, this bill will follow the same fate as the bill in South Dakota to legalize murdering doctors who perform abortions. That is, nowhere. But this probably isn't the last time we'll see legislation that tries to criminalize women. After all, when it comes to "protecting life," no measure is too extreme—not even putting women to death.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 08:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice, Southern Liberal Living DK Version, Abortion, and Kos Georgia.

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