A Minnesota case highlights the discretion prosecutors have when charging crimes that involve the death of a fetus.
If the secretary of state approves the signatures and the measure makes the ballot, political observers say it’s unlikely to pass, just as “personhood” abortion bans were defeated overwhelmingly in Colorado in 2008 and 2010.
State Rep. Larry Ahern is hoping that with a new name and help from the woman whose boyfriend allegedly tricked her into taking medication that caused her to have an early abortion, 2014 may be the year his anti-choice bill finally passes.
I have grown to hate the term “judicial activism” because it is frequently used by conservatives to criticize court decisions they simply don’t like. Still, there are few alternative phrases that accurately describe the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Amanda Kimbrough and Hope Ankrom, two women who were swept up in the Alabama judiciary’s zeal to promote an anti-choice personhood agenda by redefining the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute, so that it now applies to pregnant women who uses any amount of controlled substances, whether prescribed by a doctor or not.
H.B. very clearly defines an unborn child as beginning at the moment of conception.
Gals, in the eyes of Colorado Assistant House Majority Leader Mark Waller, when it comes to fertilized eggs as people, women are toast. His comment on the bill he just passed through the House? “The goal of this bill is not to protect women. The goal of this bill is to protect unborn children.” Ya know, Mark… we kinda got that message.
A slew of state bills to establish precedents for “fetal homicide” have at least one thing in common—little mention of the women actually involved in the incidents.
At the request of Utah’s governor, a bill that would criminalize miscarriages is to be resubmitted to remove the standard for “recklessness.” The new version, however, would still set a dangerous precedent.
A bill passed this week by the Utah State Legislature and awaiting the governor’s signature, will criminalize miscarriages and abortions under certain circumstances and send women to jail.