Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Femangry! Utah considers bill that could charge woman with homicide if she miscarries
Jezebel is reporting that the Utah legislature has passed a bill allowing women to be charged with homicide if they engage in an "intentional, knowing, or reckless act" leading to a the illegal termination of a pregnancy. As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, the bill was intended to allow prosecution of mothers who seek out an illegal abortion, for example by having someone beat them to produce a miscarriage, as one woman allegedly did. But it opens up a whole host of potentially troubling legal implications for women who, for example, fail to hold the hand rail while walking down the stairs and slip, decide to ride a motorcycle while pregnant, go jogging, don't wear a seatbelt, take contraindicated medications--the list goes on. The point is that a woman's body needs to remain her own, to use as she wishes, whether pregnant or not. If it isn't, women are vessels, not citizens. And equality will never be possible.