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The War on Women
In Indiana, a woman has been charged with homicide and feticide because, during a suicide attempt, she lost her fetus. She has been jailed without bond.
In Iowa, a pregnant woman accidentally fell down a flight of stairs. She was arrested for attempted feticide after telling ER personnel that early in her pregnancy she had contemplated abortion.
In Utah, a bill that would have imprisoned women for life for endangering their fetus through "reckless behavior" was proposed and then withdrawn (only for Constitutional reasons).
In Kansas, a bill advanced in the state Senate removes the "mental health exception" for late term abortion (the exception under which women with nonviable fetuses could abort) and at the same time removes the power of any physician from declaring a fetus nonviable.
In the US Congress, a bill has been introduced that would have IRS auditors force women who aborted because they were victims of rape to prove that they were raped.
Indiana Representative Eric Turner called the rape/incest exception a "huge loophole" and insisted that women would actually lie about being raped to obtain an abortion.
The antiabortion forces in this country have stepped up their game. They are no longer targeting just abortion doctors and clinics, they are targeting women. These laws and proposed laws are draconian and they are horrific. The toll they will take (and are taking) on women; mentally, physically and emotionally, cannot be told. They are wanting to jail women for being pregnant, unstable on their feet and falling down a flight of stairs. They are targeting victims of rape who can't prove they were raped. (There are ancillary bills being introduced with this. In Georgia, legislation was introduced that would change the legal language from calling victims of rape "victims" to "accusers", the only crime class that would be changed.)
Will they reduce legal abortions? By all means. But at what cost? Rape victims, already traumatized and victimized by one violent act, will be forced to bear the babies of their attackers, another violent act. Women will be jailed simply for voicing the idea that they may not want their baby. Women pregnant with babies with no hope of survival will be forced to carry those babies for months, only to see it be born and die. The Kansas bill is called the "fetal pain bill". There is no consideration for the fact that by making a woman carry a nonviable fetus they could actually be forcing that fetus to undergo months of pain and torture due to it's physical anomalies, only to die at birth. This puts the face to the lie that this bill is to "spare fetal pain". The purpose of the bill is to control abortion, even at the cost of causing pain to those the bill is claiming to protect.
The human costs of these bills and laws on the already born and even the unborn, are unacceptable. They prove that there is nothing "compassionate" about them and make a mockery of the term "prolife". They are not "prolife" laws, they are "antiabortion" laws and they prove that government will stop abortion at any cost, even if that cost is to those they are swearing they are trying to protect.