Tennessee House Will Make Harming an Embryo A Crime and Your Miscarriage May Land You In Jail


Think this “fertilized egg-as-person” thing hasn’t gone far enough? Welcome to Tennessee, where a bill in the House of Representatives is being expanded to allow prosecutors to charge someone for “death of an embryo” if a woman miscarries, or even has a period.

Via The Tennessean:

State law limited prosecutions to harming a “viable fetus,” defined as somewhere around the 32nd week after conception until last year, when the law was amended to apply to any fetus. But one of that law’s sponsors, Republican Rep. Joshua Evans of Greenbrier, said backers did not realize then that humans are not typically referred to as fetuses until the eighth week of development. Before that stage, they are usually known as embryos.

House Bill 3517 would extend the law specifically to embryos “at any state of gestation in utero.”

“We’re talking about clarifying. We’re not talking about changing the law,” Evans said.

Embryo does refer to any stage of gestation before the 8th week. And that’s the problem.  How exactly do you prove that a miscarriage happened as a result of a crime? Or that she wasn’t just late? Or miscarrying on her own?

With so many potential issues to enforcing the legislation if it becomes law, it’s hard to see this as anything but a bill meant to validate the idea of a fertilized egg as a person.

Bottom line: Your miscarriage could land you in jail. Think this is far-fetched? Read this.

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  • princess-jourdan

    When I read about stuff like this, it makes me believe that menstruation-regulating laws are soon to come. If the government is going to try tocontrol what happens to microscopic fertilized eggs in our uteruses, then it’s only logical that they’ll begin to take a strong interest in our basic menstral issues as well. Get ready for period laws next!!!

  • oak-cliff-townie

    This kind of Law is a Feel Good Law for the ANTI-CHOICE CROWD.

    Embryo does refer to any stage of gestation before the 8th week. And that’s the problem.  How exactly do you prove that a miscarriage happened as a result of a crime? Or that she wasn’t just late? Or miscarrying on her own?

    Or Maybe they will base an investigation on the Martial and Socioeconomic and most important Political and religious status of the wombs owner ?

    A MARRIED Church going Republican women of  status or from such a background ( Teen Daughters and the like) or selected favorites from with in THEIR CROWD rates an almost automatic finding  of a legitimate  miscarriage .

    Everyone one else would be Suspect ?

    Those having  relations outside the bounds of Marriage non church going (Minority?)woman  would be at the top of the list. That is Unless the woman  is one of the selected favorites from within “THEIR CROWD”

    Its The in crowd High school popularity clique exemption  all over again.

    Except this time jail might be involved .


     

  • ankhorite

    In China, due to its strict one-child policy, in some factories women are reuired to record the dates of their menstrual periods on a calendar visible to all — to prove they are NOT pregnant.

    Tennessee is headed in the same direction, except to prove that you have NOT aborted.

    Why are these Republicans trying to set up reproductive police, like the Chinese? 

    Do they have no ability to see the parallels at all?

     

  • dregstudios

    This year’s TN legislative session is an embarrassing three-ring circus gaining our state nothing but negative media attention.  Our lawmakers should focus on improving the state economy and education instead of intruding on civil liberties and violating students’ rights, gay rights, women’s rights, immigrants’ rights and even monkey rights!  Haslam and his team of corporate puppets need to stop spreading the wealth gap here in the south and start fixing our schools and ending the dumbing down of our youth.  Get a better view of the ringmaster’s circle in this charade at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/living-stereotype-and-seeing-red-in.html

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