Criminalizing Miscarriages

As a follow-up to Blogging for Choice Day, check out this idiocy.

Virginia is trying to require that “When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf shall, within 24 hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. No one shall remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

Yeah, that’s just what a miscarrying woman needs to do. File a report and probably subject herself to an investigation! Sick, sick, sick.

Via Uppercase Woman.

ETA: Directly quoted update/clarification from Cecily:

“Secondly, Suzanne had some questions about the bill. She noted that it was already a law in Virginia to report any miscarriage, as it is in several other states. However, those laws all apply to miscarriages past 20 weeks, and this new law being proposed in Virginia is for miscarriages AT ANY GESTATION, even five or six or ten weeks. Which means you’ve already had all your hopes and dreams fall into the toilet, and now you have to pull out the “evidence,” call the cops, and have them come file a report about it because most early miscarriages happen at home and are not much more dramatic than a typical monthly period. THIS IS ALL KINDS OF FUCKED UP. Don’t let it happen. Find out who your rep is in Virginia here and contact them and tell them to not let this happen.”


13 thoughts on “Criminalizing Miscarriages

  1. suntzusays says:

    That was back in ’05. It’s not on the docket anymore. Though they could always re-introduce something similarly stupid. I can’t count out the religious fundies.

  2. Bazarov says:

    This bit of legislation is about as smart as making the value of pi determined by state law, and at a value different than that which mathematicians agree upon no less, which Indiana tried to do in the late 1800s. Sigh…When does it begin to be a fetus? What if the woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant. This could mean throwing out a tampon is a class I misdemeanor! As if this society doesn’t load young women with enough guilt about their bodies. Ha! It’s getting ever closer to my Chalice legislation proposed in a short where wet dreams would become illegal.

  3. They have! I added the link (this idiocy). I can’t copy and paste, but all the status updates are from this month.

  4. Exactly! Totally moronic. There was even some idiot in the comments on that page that says the intention is to be able to prosecute women who purposely kill their unborn children, citing an example of a woman who shot herself in the stomach but couldn’t be charged with a felony. It clearly states that this would be a misdemeanor offense…?

  5. The post title also links to the Richmond Sun…or, it should!

  6. Bazarov says:

    I’m quoting your blog! The last sentence of the second paragraph. Somehow I feel that a woman who shoots herself in the stomach to avoid a pregnancy isn’t in need of judicial punishment. Wow. What world are these people living in? Are we going to prosecute people who unsuccessfully commit suicide, because afterall, with today’s technology, each cell of our body is a potential human given advancing cloning technology, so when someone kills themself, they’ve in turn killed trillions of potential humans!!! WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! How do these people not get run over by traffic or drown in the shower? Human stupidity never ceases to amaze, which, I guess makes me equally stupid :S

  7. Now I’m totally lost….the last sentence of the second paragraph…is the question? What’s ironic is that I picked up the link for last year! The real topic this year was supposed to be: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?Oops.

  8. Bazarov says:

    you wrote “It clearly states that this would be a misdemeanor offense…?” I wrote class I misdemeanor because that’s what I read in your post at the last sentence of the second paragraph.This is getting all very confusing. HAHAHAHA. Ahh…I think I’ll go eat and study Russian now.

  9. Yeah, I didn’t mean YOU were the idiot in the comments…there’s a comment thread over on the Richmond Sun site where a guy says the intent is to be able to charge such a case as a felony…Sorry, my question mark was’t directed at you that time, I guess it was rhetorical! Clear as mud, eh?

  10. suntzusays says:

    The good news was that this was defeated in committee in ’05 by a 22-0 count. I realize it will take some pestering to repeat that result in what is now a totally different committee, but I can’t imagine the political climate has changed so drastically that even classically idiotic laws would pass where they were previously soundly defeated. (And this law is virtually identical to the ’05 law in text and form). Look at the poll on the page also: 97% opposed (granted many of those are probably people steered there by the pro-choice wing, but still)

  11. Yeah, it’s not that it’s likely to pass, but the fact that they feel the need to try again. Maybe there have been chages to the committee, but I certainly hope you’re right! It’s just insulting.

  12. suntzusays says:

    I got my two cents in on that John character also.

  13. Awesome! Thanks – as a male on our side of the fence, that two cents’ worth is practically priceless.

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