Posted by: Ophelia | December 19, 2008

HB 1 – Crimes against public health and morals; abortion; provisions

The Georgia General Assembly has been attempting to redefine abortion as “prenatal murder”.

Since murder can be prosecuted at any point after the fact–what does that mean for all the citizens who had abortions back when they weren’t prenatal murder Georgia?

The last time this came up for a vote, it got 2, which wouldn’t be so bad except the bill had 5 sponsors to begin with.

From the first incarnation:

(a) The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death. 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. These, too, are areas of legitimate concern and duty of this state. The General Assembly therefore makes the following findings of fact:

(1) A fetus is a person for all purposes under the laws of this state from the moment of conception;
(4) The General Assembly knows the answer to that difficult question, and that answer is life begins at the moment of conception;
(5) The Supreme Court’s inability to determine what is human life cannot legitimately serve to prohibit Georgia from fulfilling its constitutional mandate to protect the lives of its citizens by prosecuting crimes against said person;

(22) Georgia was not a party to the suit in Roe v. Wade, and is not bound by a decision in which it did not have right of participation; (24) As the United States Constitution confers to no federal branch either the authority over the definition or prosecution of murder, or the power to nullify the laws of a state that do the same, Roe v. Wade is ‘no law,’ is a nullity, and carries no legal effect in Georgia;

(26) The act of prenatal murder has caused a significant reduction in the number of citizens in this state that would serve as workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, employees, and employers that would have significantly contributed to the prosperity and continuation of this state; and

(27) The failure to prosecute a violation of this Code section is a violation of the obligation of this state to provide all of its citizens with an equal protection of the laws.

(2) ‘Prenatal murder’ means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a ‘spontaneous abortion’ and popularly as a ‘miscarriage’ so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event.

(d) Any person committing prenatal murder in this state shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1. The license of any physician indicted for an alleged violation of this Code section shall be suspended until resolution of the matter. The license of any physician convicted of a violation of this Code section shall be permanently revoked. The provisions of this Code section shall be in addition to any other provisions relating to the killing of a fetus or any other person.

Version 2 focuses in on the alleged detrimental effect abortions have had on women and society at large.

(11) Most couples find abortion to be an event which shatters their relationship, causing chronic marital troubles and divorce;

(12) Abortion exploits women, treating them and their children as mere property, and abortion is contrary to feminist values, and the great suffragette Susan B. Anthony referred to abortion as ‘child murder’;

(13) Thirty years of abortion on demand have resulted in an increase in breast cancer, and a study has shown that women who had an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy before experiencing a full-term pregnancy may be at increased risk for breast cancer;

(14) The practice of abortion has had a profound detrimental effect on the health and well-being of the citizens of this state as well as the health of the economy; and

(15) The practice of abortion has caused the citizens of this state an inestimable amount economically including, but not limited to, the costs and tax burden of having to care for individuals and their families for the conditions cited above, as well as a significant reduction of the tax base and of the availability of workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, employees, and employers that would have significantly contributed to the prosperity of this state.

The latest version appears much the same–it even has the same “facts”:

(5) Studies of the three decades since Roe v. Wade have revealed that women have been deeply wounded psychologically, with one researcher reporting that 81 percent of the women who have had an abortion had a preoccupation with an aborted child, 54 percent had nightmares, 35 percent had perceived visitation with an aborted child, and 96 percent felt their abortion had taken a human life;



(9) Abortion results in increased tobacco smoking, and women who have had an abortion are twice as likely to become heavy smokers and suffer the corresponding health problems as women who have never had an abortion;

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Responses

  1. Where to begin?

    1. How do “we” know life begins at conception?

    2. I do not believe “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” unless there are concrete examples. I wouldn’t let my first-year composition students get away with making such a definitive assertion without strong evidence.

    3. “Most couples find abortion to be an event which shatters their relationship, causing chronic marital troubles and divorce.” Statistic and citation from peer-reviewed research, please. Heck, even my non-scientific experiences render this assertion shaky. Many of the women I help to get abortions are already in the middle of a divorce.

    4. “Thirty years of abortion on demand have resulted in an increase in breast cancer, and a study has shown that women who had an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy before experiencing a full-term pregnancy may be at increased risk for breast cancer.” CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION. Furthermore, based on my nonscientific experiences, the overwhelming majority of women I help get abortions have already had at least one child. So if the majority of women seeking abortions have already experienced a full-term pregnancy, well, then there’s no increased risk. And, (I know this might offend people and it is not true of all women) but I’d rather have breast cancer than be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Heck, if I (speaking from my personal perspective ONLY) was faced with an unplanned pregnancy and for some reason having an abortion would mean I would definitely get breast cancer 10 years down the road, I would still get the abortion.

    5. “Abortion results in increased tobacco smoking, and women who have had an abortion are twice as likely to become heavy smokers and suffer the corresponding health problems as women who have never had an abortion.” Again, correlation does not imply causation. This statement MAKES NO SENSE.

  2. Thanks for the comments–I may just stick them in the post. I literally didn’t know where to begin beyond saying things doesn’t make them so.

  3. Wow. The… lets see, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight… EIGHT women I know who’ve had abortions must be statistical abberrations. Because every one of them had clearly told me they never regretted a day in their life, never had a nightmare or a depressive episode. One, in fact, told me, “Whenever I think about it, I want to cry from the relief.”

    Hmmm.

  4. *checks calendar*

    Oh wow, I thought I was in the 19th century for a second. Huh.

  5. Unfortunately, it’s the people who elect the idiots who wrote that piece of garbage and many others equally as unscientific, unrealistic and biased. One might just as easily say that, “The act of prenatal murder has caused a significant reduction in the number of citizens in this state that have required state subsidies, child protective services, space in our schools, jails, prisons, juvenile , and mental facilities, and as such has significantly contributed to the prosperity of this state.” and it would have been equally as unscientific and meaningless.
    Until we learn to elect people based on their intelligence and capabilities rather than their charisma and spending, we will continue to have this type of stupidiy governing us.


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