Saturday, January 08, 2005


Fetal Prigs

A state delegate in Virginia has introduced a bill that would force mothers to report any miscarriage within 12 hours or face criminal charges. Of course, abortions will be one of them.

Sobell covers a lot of problems with the law (loss of women's privacy, no accounting for medical needs), but missed one: You're a woman who just lost her baby. You've gone through a horrible personal experience; you were about to bring a son or a daughter into the world, and now he's/she's gone before he or she ever had a chance. So now, you have to go and march down to a local government office and tell an official about your intensely personal trauma, or be charged with something tantamount to arson? Fuck. That.

What is wrong with Virginia?

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