I find this shocking
(here's another link
Utah passed a bill that makes miscarriages a case of homicide following a life-long prison sentence, as long as it is determined that the woman is somehow at fault.
1. The bill is worded so vaguely ("reckless act" + miscarriage = homicide) that any woman could be charged with murder, if a persecuter wishes to charge her.
2. The bill seems oblivious of the fact that miscarriages are necessary, natural and not infrequent things, no matter what the woman has done before (taken a too hot bath, maybe?)
3. Nobody seems to wonder what a woman must have gone through emotionally who pays
someone to beat her up
so she has a miscarriage. In future, we may add a life-long prison sentence to that.
I find this especially toe-nail curling:"I know it's well-intentioned," Dayton said of the attempt to lift "reckless acts" from the bill, "but I don't think we want to go down the road of carefully defining the behavior of a woman."
Yeah - who the hell needs clearly defined terms in justice? It's much more fun otherwise, right, especially when it's about homicide?
Apparenlty Iowa has some similar laws - it seems a woman there was recently investigated for - grasp that - falling down the stairs leading to a miscarriage for attempted "feticide".