God is criminally liable for abortions

Rep. Bobby Franklin of Georgia wants to hold women criminally responsible for miscarriages if they are unable to prove there was no human causation.

Under Rep. Franklin’s bill, HB 1, women who miscarry could become felons if they cannot prove that there was “no human involvement whatsoever in the causation” of their miscarriage. There is no clarification of what “human involvement” means, and this is hugely problematic as medical doctors do not know exactly what causes miscarriages. Miscarriages are estimated to terminate up to a quarter of all pregnancies and the Mayo Clinic says that “the actual number is probably much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally.

As one may easily guess, Franklin is a religious nutbag. So if we take his buggered perspective on reality, all these fetuses that are getting aborted naturally the fault of God. Thus, under his bill, God is a baby murdering fiend, responsible for more baby deaths than any human. Ever.

So I have to cheer on Franklin’s attempt to take down the most evil character that has ever existed in all of fiction. Sometimes symbolic justice is important. Go Franklin!

Texas, abortions, and bad arguments

Since I’m on an abortion kick lately, I’ve got to mention what Texas is doing.

The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would require women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound.

Women could choose not to view the sonogram image or listen to the heartbeat, but they would be required to listen to an explanation of the images, except in cases of rape or incest or if there are fetal abnormalities.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who had put the legislation on a fast track by declaring it an emergency priority, commended the bill’s advancement.

“Considering the magnitude of the decision to have an abortion, it is crucial that Texans understand what is truly at stake,” Perry said in a statement.

Because women are making the decision with a light-heart, amirite? Come on. Dumb.

But I think there is a more interesting point to be made here. Perry and the others who are against abortion believe that conception is the beginning of life, right? Okay, so why are they always so willing to allow for exceptions in cases of rape and incest (and, in this case, abnormalities)? If it’s a life, it’s a life, it’s a life, it’s a life. I don’t see where the justification lies in saying something is human and thus protected…but only if it gets here in a good way. It’s a bad argument.