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I am glad I escaped Virginia after a year because it was a bad place for me. If you currently live there, you might want to be aware that Delegate John Cosgrove is trying to pass a bill that will make a woman's failure to report a miscarriage without a doctor in attendance to their local law-enforcement agency within twelve hours punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor. (Other class 1 misdemeanors in Virginia include statutory rape, arson, and stalking.) I really wonder how they're going to enforce this if it passes.

Article: VA Legislative Sentry: Have a Miscarriage, Go to JAIL?

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juldea
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
what.

the.

fuck.
popcornoblivion
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
I read about that in an email last night. Not only is it ridiculously insensitive to women, it's going to be ridiculously hard to enforce (what, you call the cops' non-emergency number to say "I just had a miscarriage", they send an officer over to survey the bleeding and take the weight of the fetus in grams?) I also can't picture anyone in VA law enforcement being kind and compassionate in that situation.

I think this is just another one of those "product of conception = person!!!" kind of laws. I'm waiting for the day when men have to call the cops every time they release sperm and a cop has to come over and weigh THEIR product. Yeah. Equalism.
angrykeyboarder
Jan. 8th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
That dood needs to get a life...
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