That’s it. I’m out of here. I didn’t consider it fair to call Republicans pro-rape because of their support for the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and I don’t believe that their proposal to block funding of Planned Parenthood makes them hateful of women—although, they might look less antagonistic to women’s needs if they proposed an alternative way of funding the prenatal care and other health services currently offered by Planned Parenthood.
News out of Georgia, however, leaves me wanting to throw my hands in the air, kick the dust from my feet, and exit the discussion, no more to defend the motives of anti-abortion lawmakers. State Representative Bobby Franklin has introduced a bill that would, in my estimation, create a greater incentive and directive for an investigating official to determine the cause of fetal death when a women miscarries. The idea, I guess, is to investigate miscarriages that might have been intentionally caused and therefore fall into the category of “prenatal murder.”*
Does Franklin not realize the needless additional suffering he would inflict on women who have just lost a baby? Does he not care about the consequences of treating women who have miscarried as suspected criminals? Whatever the motives behind this bill – and if hatred of women isn’t one of them, cruel indifference to women is clearly at work – this bill is anti-woman and deserves unequivocal condemnation from the pro-life movement.