Sometimes I get bummed out living in a big city. Some days, I get tired of looking at cement. Other days, like today, I get onto a subway car and realize, yes, that man shit himself. Then I start getting nostalgic about my home state, Georgia, with its pretty scenery and automobiles. I start wondering why I left. Then I read a story about this dude from my hometown, Republican Representative Bobby Franklin, and realize, yeah, that's why.

Franklin would like to criminalize not only all abortions, but also miscarriages. He would like to make miscarriages — "prenatal murder" as he puts it — punishable by the death penalty. Crazy, right? Of course miscarriage occurs spontaneously; over a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriages for one reason or another. The Representative doesn't want to criminalize those, but he wants women to prove that they didn't willingly induce a miscarriage, under penalty of death. I am not making this up. Because, you know, when a woman miscarries a pregnancy, what she really wants to do is undergo a legal investigation into the cause of her miscarriage.

This is the same guy who, last year, wanted to change the legal phrasing in Georgia from "rape and domestic violence victims" to "rape and domestic violence accusers." Keeping it progressive, state of Georgia.

Commentarium (24 Comments)

Feb 25 11 - 12:15pm

What is going on?? The world is falling to pieces around women's right to reproduce (or not to!)

Feb 25 11 - 12:34pm

panem et circenses - it's really a sick co-dependency between social conservatives and business oligarchs. The former distract the masses from the crimes of the latter, while the crimes of the latter increase the social inequality that gives the former's message a wider receptive audience. It seems like this feedback cycle just gets faster and faster and our society less and less capable of functioning.

Feb 25 11 - 1:19pm

You forgot to take your pills.

Feb 25 11 - 2:55pm

You're a cretin.

Feb 26 11 - 9:10pm

@VoR - awesome! Sounds intelligent but when you parse it, it's garbage. Kind of like the authors who pranked the MLA a couple of years back.

Feb 25 11 - 12:59pm

I say life begins at arousal*.

*Men only

Feb 25 11 - 4:59pm

I believe in the baptist south life begins when the woman unbuttons her blouse.

Feb 26 11 - 9:10pm

@bp - Ok but not very defensible. It's unlikely that arousal, left alone, will develop into a human being, isn't it. Think before you post!

Feb 27 11 - 4:23am
Steve the Pirate

I would say the same to you; or at least learn to understand sarcasm...

Feb 25 11 - 1:24pm
Ig Nunt

"he wants women to prove that they didn't willingly induce a miscarriage, under penalty of death" How does someone prove they did not do something?

Feb 25 11 - 2:05pm

i was a mediocre student of criminal law, having never cared about it, but i'm pretty sure it's unconstitutional. prosecutors have the duty to prove a crime, the defendant usually doesn't have to do it herself.

Feb 25 11 - 4:22pm

Historically? By throwing them into a body of water and seeing if they drown. I'm half-joking, because it wouldn't surprise me if they come up with an equally ridiculous system of 'proof'.

Feb 26 11 - 9:12pm

@Someone - Really? You really think this is likely? Do you have any idea of the legal basis of proof?

Feb 27 11 - 4:25am
Steve the Pirate

Once again, learn sarcasm. They were drawing a connection to something as stupid as forcing women to prove they didn't miscarry on purpose and the Salem witch trials. Pull your head out of your ultra-conservative, pro-life ass for five seconds and learn about humor. That's why I hate the right, they can't make or understand jokes.

Feb 27 11 - 1:20pm

Whoa, simmer down there, pirate. Not all the right are like that, so don't lump them all into one stereotyped group, just because of one brainless representative who has the gall to propose such heartless ludicrosity. What this world really needs is a little compassion.
Really, though, this proposal makes me sick. To lose your unborn child is heartbreaking, like losing a precious piece of yourself. My sister miscarried her first pregnancy, and the thought of her being forced to prove that she didn't murder her own baby makes me livid.

Feb 25 11 - 2:54pm


Feb 25 11 - 3:04pm

Soon, it's going to be a crime to let sperm hit the floor. Those are little future people swirling down for shower drain!

Feb 25 11 - 6:32pm

hahah that is so true!!

Feb 25 11 - 5:50pm

Why is it the wildest restrictions regarding what's unique to women seemingly always comes from men? If men could get pregnant full unfettered reproductive services would be easier to get than Viagra.

Feb 25 11 - 8:01pm
Klue Less

And then the same men call for attacks on Islam because it doesn't respect womens' rights. Ye gods!

Feb 25 11 - 8:03pm

Probably because men fundamentally don't get what it's like to be a woman and vice versa. The self-absorbed idiots who make up these laws can justify treating women inhumanely by telling themselves:"Well, it's never been a problem for me" and falling back on their sexist upbringing.

That said, please don't lump the rest of us men in with this spawn of Satan.

Feb 25 11 - 7:59pm
Georgia Born n LEFT

I cannot say I am for or against abortion, or pregnancy for that matter. I do believe that I have the choice to smoke, the choice to drink, the choice of the car and the color I want. I have the choice of homes, lawn seeds, trees to plant. What I don't have is control over whether or not other people do these things and this includes abortion. I do know a good number of women who have given birth, and ARE NOT fit for being a parent, in which case the child suffers for 18 year until they are on their own, and far longer psychologically. I simply feel that we each have our own choices to make, but don't cram that shit down our throats!

Feb 26 11 - 11:58am

A womens body knows when there is somethings with it. When the thing that Georgia can talk to a women who has lost a child that way. Just maybe he will grow up.

Feb 26 11 - 9:13pm

kitten - you should be the spokesperson for the opposition.