Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rep. Bobby Franklin might hate women more than he hates gays

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-East Cobb) — the same guy who thinks being gay is a lot like being a drug dealer — is continuing to wage his war on logic. The staging ground? YOUR UTERUS.

Franklin has introduced legislation that would make getting an abortion — excuse me, "human prenatal murder," as he refers to it — a felony in Georgia. Not a huge shock, considering Franklin's previous unsuccessful attempts at outlawing abortion. What makes this bill unique — uniquely nuts — is that it suggests that women who suffer miscarriages could be prosecuted, too. Well, it says that women who suffer miscarriages wouldn't be prosecuted — but only as long as they can prove they didn't miscarry on purpose. Because that's a thing people can prove, obviously.

Here's an excerpt from the 10-page bill:

'Prenatal murder' means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a 'spontaneous abortion' and popularly as a 'miscarriage' so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event.

Franklin doesn't bother defining "human involvement" anywhere in the bill, nor does he establish how exactly the state would determine why and how a woman miscarried (most of the time doctors don't even know why).

He also talks a bunch about the "moment of conception." According to Franklin, this is the mystical split second when a person becomes a person and it becomes the state's responsibility to protect them. How is "moment of conception" determined? Your guess is as good as mine.

Click here to read the bill for yourself.

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