Utah Governor Signs Controversial Law Charging Women and Girls With Murder for Miscarriages

Reply Wed 10 Mar, 2010 03:27 pm
how is this not going to be a legal nightmare



On Monday afternoon, a controversial Utah bill that charges pregnant women and girls with murder for having miscarriages caused by "intentional or knowing" acts, was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Contrary to media reports last week, the "Criminal Homicide and Abortion Amendments" or HB12, which previously also applied to miscarriages caused by "reckless" acts, was never "withdrawn" by its sponsor, Republican Representative Carl Wimmer (who is crafting similar "model legislation" for other states). After the governor expressed concern over "possible unintended consequences," of the legislation as written, Rep. Wimmer swiftly introduced a new version, titled "Criminal Homicide and Abortion Revisions" (HB462), which omitted the word "reckless." Gov. Herbert signed the new bill and vetoed the old one.

In a letter to legislative leaders on Monday, the governor wrote: "I appreciate the willingness of Representative Wimmer to reevaluate the impact of potential unintended consequences arising from the inclusion of 'reckless' behavior in HB12. HB 462 is more consistent with the true intent of the legislation and addresses those situations in which the termination of a pregnancy is intentional and is not conducted at a physician's direction."

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Reply Wed 10 Mar, 2010 04:00 pm
Oh boy.

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Reply Wed 10 Mar, 2010 07:58 pm
If we examine the issue of when does a baby have the legal right to exist, you find this bill is formalising and condensing what has been covered by several previous laws. I am not sure of the exact laws in Utah, but the general principle is once over a certain age, certainly 3 months in most countries, a baby has the legal right to exist. I dont see the problem.....
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