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LadyHawkAZ Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 05:59 PM
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74. This is what it's about...
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_14312259

"Making law based on one unfortunate incident is knee-jerk governing. That's what Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, is trying to do with his House Bill 12, which allows the state to prosecute a woman for criminal homicide if she causes her own miscarriage.

Last year a 17-year-old girl in Vernal who became pregnant paid someone to beat her in a sad and misguided attempt to cause a miscarriage. But Wimmer doesn't see this isolated incident as a heartrending situation in which a teenager was so desperate and pathetically uninformed that she risked her own life to end her pregnancy instead of seeking a legal abortion.

On the contrary, Wimmer only sees a potential opportunity to prosecute a young girl for making a horrific decision. In this case, it was an opportunity lost because of what he sees as a "loophole" in the law. But Wimmer also sees a chance to once again send his oft-repeated message that, since the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld abortion as a woman's right, Utah legislators will do everything they can to punish women for making that choice. While we don't condone ending a pregnancy except by safe and legal means, this legislation is an outgrowth of that heartless, punitive attitude."

Like the op-ed says, it was a knee-jerk reaction to one incident. I doubt it's going to last through the inevitable court challenge, and good riddance to it.



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