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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The religious right's war against women

In Utah a woman can now be charged with attempted murder for inducing an illegal abortion or for 'reckless' behavior that lead to a miscarriage. Thus a woman who drank alcohol and subsequently suffered a miscarriage can be criminally charged even though there might be no evidence that the alcohol led directly to the miscarriage.
In Morman domninated Utah, a jury could find a woman guilty of 'reckless' behavior for doing almost anything other than what a Mormon mother is supported o do which is stay at home and bake pies.

This story from Iowa is equally disturbing.

Last month, after an upsetting phone conversation with her estranged husband, Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to make sure her fetus was unharmed.

After Taylor was treated by a nurse at the private hospital and deemed fine, she confided to the nurse that she was upset and scared and wasn't sure she wanted to continue the pregnancy. Her husband recently left her after she told him she was pregnant with their third child:

"I never said I didn't want my baby, but I admitted that I had been considering adoption or abortion," she said. "I admit that I said I wasn't sure I wanted to continue the pregnancy. My husband sends me money, but money doesn't make a parent. I don't have anybody else to turn to."

Although Taylor was in the first part of her second trimester, the nurse noted on her chart that she was in the first week of her third trimester - the time when, under Iowa's fetal homicide law, a violent act perpetrated against a pregnant woman could be considered criminal. The nurse called over the doctor who then called the police - which is when Christine Taylor found herself arrested and sent to jail for admitting uncertainty about her pregnancy and fear about raising three children on her own.

A pregnant woman does nothing more that talk about the option of an abortion and the nurse makes a mistake on the chart and enters the wrong trimester on the chart and the result is that a single mother with two children ends up in jail.

We laught when the right exresses a real fear that Sharia Law will be imposed on America. This is as close as an any current or proposed law gets to equalling some of the irrational and often viscous features of Sharia law.

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