In a growing number of US states, pregnant women who miscarry their babies are being criminalized, some charged with murder. Ultimately, the move by state prosecutors is more widely aimed at stripping women of the legal right to abortion sanctioned by the US Supreme Court in its 1971 ruling in Roe v. Wade.
In 2006 in Mississippi, Rennie Gibbs, who became pregnant at the age of 15, lost her baby in a stillbirth at 36 weeks into the pregnancy. Prosecutors charged her with the “depraved-heart murder” of her child after they discovered she had abused cocaine, although there was no evidence that the baby’s death was connected to the mother’s substance abuse. The murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence.
Some 70 organizations across the US have filed amicus briefs in support of Ms. Gibbs in this ongoing case. In particular, they take aim at the claims by anti-abortion forces that such prosecutions protect mothers and their unborn children. One of the briefs says that to treat “as a murderer a girl who has experienced a stillbirth serves only to increase her suffering.”
that really pisses me off.
i would be behind bars. i'm not joking.
until my daughter's birth, i had nothing but miscarriages. i blogged about 1 i had right before i got pregnant with my daughter.
i had 1 miscarriage after another.
i wanted kids and i kept trying and trying.
now if some 1 had come to me after a miscarriage, nosing around and trying to do a little investigation, i would have screamed my head off and maybe hit them.
if you were reading this site when i had my miscarriage, you know how depressed i was. i ended up at c.i.'s and just staying there because i just couldn't deal.
to have gone through that and then to be investigated?
and that's not even factoring in the even worse possibility of being charged with a crime.
can you imagine that?
people get charged with crimes all the time when they're innocent.
imagine being a woman who's just had a miscarriage. not only are you grieving, but now you've got to prove you're innocent.
people are overstepping their bounds and then some.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'