women's health, reproductive rights
women's health, reproductive rights

Rep. Bobby Franklin: Miscarriages Are Prenatal Murder

women's health, reproductive rights
Bobby Franklin is at war with your reproductive rights.

Congressman Bobby Franklin (R) has introduced HB 1 to the Georgia legislature; a bill that would classify miscarriages as prenatal murder, and require authorities to investigate any fetus removed from a woman’s body that is not through live birth.

…Just letting that sink in for a moment…

Is this man out of his mind? Suffering a miscarriage is potentially the most emotionally traumatic experience a woman can ever undergo in her life. Losing a child that is growing inside of you to accident, illness or any other circumstances out of your control makes me tense up at the thought, and I don’t even have a uterus. How dare someone attempt to legislate this already extremely sensitive and painful issue?

The Daily Kos reports:

Franklin’s bill would classify the removal of a fetus from a woman for any reason other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus as “prenatal murder.” Physicians indicted for alleged “prenatal murder” would have their license suspended until they were found innocent of the crime.

Although the legislation would not place any criminal penalties on natural spontaneous abortions, it would require miscarriages to be reported by hospitals and other medical institutions, and a fetal death certificate issued.

Authorities would be required to investigate the cause of fetal death in cases where a miscarriage occurs without attendance at a medical facility.

“The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death,” the bill stated. “We know that life begins at conception. After nearly four decades of legal human prenatal murder, it is now abundantly clear that the practice has negatively impacted the people of this state in many ways, including economic, health, physical, psychological, emotional, and medical well-being.”

Speaking as a man who loves his foster mother, sisters, grandmother, and aunts: No. A world of no.

If Franklin’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the same bonehead who proposed earlier in the month that rape shouldn’t be considered a crime unless it’s “forcible” – the very definition of rape already – and that rape victims should be heretofore referred to as “accusers” instead of the assault victims that they are.

There are a lot of shady politicians in the world, but we find this man in particular to be loathsome. Ladies, this is two bills from this man this month alone seeking to strip you of your rights and generally just violate the shit out of you. Bobby Franklin should be removed from office, as he is clearly unfit to wield power over his constituents.

What do you think of Bobby Franklin’s HB 1 Bill?

Via UB Reader Jim Otey