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.
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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