I need to pay someone for all of these carbon credits.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” -Napoleon
Wow. I just got here and finished reading the thread. I'm basically dumfounded by the article. If everything it states is true, then these women and many more like them are being charged for accidentally killing a foetus that they were legally entitled to abort intentionally. And in one case, a woman did everything she could to bring her pregnancy to term, the child lived for 19 minutes, and 6 months later she is charged under this "chemical endangerment" statute... a charge she denies and the article could not substantiate.
I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around that. According to Roe v. Wade, these women had the absolute right to deliberately terminate their pregnancies; but because the pregnancies were terminated accidentally, they're facing life in prison for murder.
This is the most invasive and blatant end-run around Roe v. Wade I've seen. We cannot on the one hand say that women have absolute reproductive choice before the age of viability, and on the other hand say that if anything happens to the pregnancy because the woman did something that unintentionally terminated the pregnancy. That makes every miscarriage a potential murder case. A pregnant woman who falls off a bike, engages in a sport or strenuous workouts, who works long hours, who drives a car, or faces any one of a thousand normal daily dangers subsequently miscarries, she could be held responsible and charged with murder.
Look, my heart goes out to babies born of drug users, alcoholics, etc., but when it comes to a time where women are imprisoned for life because they miscarried, there is something very wrong with the system. This is an invasive, and in my view an unconstitutional violation of women's basic human rights. I'm really appalled... and stunned that so many people actually support what is being done here.
It seems to me that prosecutors here (via court cases) are trying to determine the legal line of distinction between a woman's right to abort and felony criminal negligence which results in death. Obviously, the prosecutors feel that the two scenarios are neither equivalent nor mutually inclusive.
From what I have read of this thread so far (sorry...haven't read the whole thing yet) this thread proves why I am against making abortion illegal (one of the reasons anyways). It will lead to charges against women which should never have been made. What I am talking about is miscarriages. I don't doubt for a second that women would be charged with murder if they have a miscarriage just because they <insert whatever happens to be even remotely dangerous here>. Example: "What? That woman ate a can of tuna during her pregnancy? No wonder she had a miscarriage! Charge her with murder!".
Today's mentality of people is just too freaking extreme to not think that this type of stuff won't happen.
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I, however, do not agree that a mother doing drugs or anything that seriously endangers the life of a fetus she wants to bring to term, should not go unpunished.
It's cruel to negligently or purposefully bring a child in the world, that could have severe handicaps.
Not to mention the cost to the public.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
One of the most well documented is Folate - lack of which causes neural tube deficit (baby is born sometimes without a brain or parts of the brain and spinal chord outside the body) but there are a LOT of drugs out there with Teratogenic effects - so much so that EVERY drug has the effects during pregnancy listed. What is NOT listed because they are not known is the common toxins found around the average household
But one of the most common teratogens is simply alcohol
Greenhouse gases: Any gas that, by an accident of chemistry, happens to absorb radiation of a type that the Earth, by an accident of history, would like to lose.
The internet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhoea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.
Wonder when they are going to start charging fat women..... or too skinny women.... or women that exercise "too much" during their pregnancy... talk about a slippery slope!
But it is all part of the war against women by the GOP and the religious radical right.