Utah lawmakers have just passed a bill to charge women with criminal homicide for obtaining an illegal abortion or inducing a miscarriage, whether intentionally or through "reckless" behavior.
As various advocacy groups have pointed out, the terms of the bill are so subjective that well-intentioned women could theoretically be charged for criminal homicide in all the following cases:
-If she fails to wear a seat-belt, gets in a car accident and suffers a miscarriage.
-If she uses legal or illegal drugs and the baby is stillborn.
-If she carries multiples as a result of fertility treatment, and one or more of the babies die.
-If she remains with a partner whom she knows to be abusive, and she suffers a miscarriage after he beats her particularly violently.
In effect, women suffering the trauma of losing a baby they desired could end up facing the double trauma of being charged with causing the baby's death.
Furthermore, most states give women immunity from prosecution for a reason -- it's in the interest of both maternal and fetal health. If women are fearful of prosecution for harmful behavior, they won't get the prenatal care they need (which is harmful behavior in itself).
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