If not for the intervention of my own doctor, I could have been Christine Taylor or, even more frightening, Bei Bei Shuai.
Bei Bei Shuai’s case means that all pregnant women are potential criminals and that their bodies can be treated as potential crime scenes. How the “pro-life” movement is threatening to imprison a depressed woman for up to 45 years for attempting suicide.
Almost two months ago, I wrote about Bei Bei Shuai on my blog, Radical Doula. Now it’s Mama’s Day, and Bei Bei is still in prison.
Must “restoring the historic right to life accorded to unborn children” require that women, including new mothers who have given birth, go to prison?
Citizens in Mississippi, once, and Colorado, twice, have resoundingly rejected so called “personhood” measures that would have established the “pre-born” as separate legal persons under the law. There is increasing evidence that when people understand the broad reach of such measures, they vote them down. But what happens when prosecutors and judges misuse their power and “pass” such measures in disguise?