Women in Tennessee Who Naturally Miscarry Could be Charged With Murder

April 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM 2 comments

WARNING to all women in Tennessee:  If you have a natural miscarriage, you could be charged with murder (chapter 378 in the Republican war on women):

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Bill Authorizes Prosecution for Death of an Embryo

NASHVILLE — The Senate approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslamon Monday legislation that allows criminal prosecution for causing the death of “a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero.”

The bill (HB3517) marks the second change in two years to a law that since 1989 had it a crime to cause the death of a “viable fetus.” That was changed last year to eliminate the word “viable.”

Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, the sponsor, said legislators have since learned that, under the scientific definition of a fetus, the term only applies when eight weeks or more has passed since conception. Adding “embryo” covers from the moment of conception.


All votes against the bill came from Democrats, some of whom contended in floor debate that “embryo” is too broad.


Rep. Jeannie Richardson, D-Memphis, said that about 50 percent of all conceptions “miscarry naturally” before the embryo reaches eight weeks and the new law is vague enough to allow prosecutions in such cases.

Interesting, isn’t it, that in all of these kinds of bills that are being passed around the country, the man’s involvement in the pregnancy is never mentioned?





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  • 1. JC for pennies  |  April 25, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Absurd, to say the least. In addition, the Repugs who voted for this cockamamie piece of legislation haven’t considered that a “natural miscarriage” is not a deliberate act by the “expectant” mother. Therefore, if deemed illegal, it none-the-less can’t be an act of murder. Once the court system gets into the act to mangle this law even further they’ll probably invent a new name for this “crime”: Fetuslaughter. When that happens please stop the world, I want to get off! Who wants to disembark with me?

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