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Women Would Go To Jail For Not Reporting Miscarriages To Cops If GOP AG Nominee Gets His Way

by David Badash on May 20, 2013

in News,Politics

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Republican Party delegates on Saturday elected GOP state Senator Mark Obenshain as their nominee to become Attorney General. Obenshain the AG candidate, certainly — like everyone — likes to honor mothers on Mother’s Day, but as a state senator, Obenshain introduced a bill that would require all women (or their medical doctors, if present at the time) to immediately report to the police all miscarriages, or face up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine.

If elected in November, Obenshain would replace current AG Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor with E.W. Jackson on the Republican party ticket. Both are Tea Party supporters.

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Obenshain’s bill, according to Think Progress, requires:

When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf shall, within 24 hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. No one shall remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Note that women “remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement.”

What exactly does Obenshain expect women and their families to do?

Of course, Obenshain wants women and families to be treated like baby factories, not human beings, and expects the law to replace the grieving process with a police form — likely filled out in triplicate.

The implications are staggering.

Obenshain’s website claims his “priorities” include “protecting Virginians and defending their liberties,” and notes the “Attorney General doesn’t just oversee prosecutions; part of the job is working with the legislature to develop legislation that makes our Commonwealth safer.”

Legislation like making women who miscarry de-facto criminals?

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BJLincoln May 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The GOP did not learn a thing in the last election. Are they blind!
All this will be is an expensive exercise in futility.
The sad part is they will never understand why they keep losing.
They do not live in the real world.

Teacher_Kurt May 21, 2013 at 2:37 am

They are deaf !

barbonine May 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

It's quite a conundrum for them, isn't it. They want, need to be, popular amongst voters, preferably a majority of voters including growing minority demographics. And gay people who, if not experiencing expanding numbers, are at least all speaking out more and raising awareness of gay neighbors as people, not some friggin indicator that Armageddon is nigh.

And women, who outnumber men to begin with! This is the state that wanted to jam some dingus up our kajiggers if we wanted to terminate a pregnancy. Women really like that sort of thing and will vote for any vile old man who obsesses about other people's sex lives. (sarcasm, no we won't)

So, the conundrum. How do you hang on to that pitiful 1/3rd of America that supports you because you're the party of bigoted ass-hats, and also appeal to the new, globally and internet savvy younger voter who views your beliefs and values with a bit of lifted upper lip and a headshake as to your entire demographic's fuckwittedness.

If the GOP can swing this appeal, they will wind up as the first to ever have their cake and eat it too. It might even make them even more "internet famous" than they are already!

asalwayschristine October 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You win! I want to read more!

Bose_in_SP_MN May 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

The update at Think Progress contains a statement from an Obenshain campaign spokesman that makes him the hero for deciding that the bill was "far too broad, and would have had ramifications that neither he nor the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office ever intended."

OK, but how could that not have been blatantly obvious up front?

I'm trying to imagine the 911 calls the bill would have required: "Hi, my name is Mary, I just got a positive result from a home pregnancy test a couple weeks ago and have my first prenatal appointment next week. But, tonight I'm feeling awful, and the symptoms match those of a couple years ago when I miscarried early. So, who do I need to report to, and what, um, materials do I have to save to comply with the new law?"

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