I remember a few years ago an anti abortion male commented on a post I made about women in Argentina suffering as a result of the harsh anti abortion laws there. He opined that Argentina was a third world country and no such harm would come to North American women.
Yet harsh anti abortion laws in the USA have already resulted in deaths. Now not content to harass women who don’t want to be pregnant the crotch police are going after women who do want children and finding ways to criminalize them as well.
A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth. After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived. A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion. A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed. A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider. In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.
This reeks of treating women as if they are mere breeding stock. The pearl clutching screeches of ‘won’t somebody think about the children’ are nothing more than noise preceding bullshit. These are the same people that clutch their guns and demand to be unaccountable for them. No matter how many children are killed, injured and psychologically harmed. The same people who look at elementary students being handcuffed and Tarazed for such crimes as paper plane flying and writing their name on a desk and think it is a good thing. They are also many of the same people who would see no problem with a lessening of child labour laws.
This has nothing to do with fetuses or children. This is as ever a direct attack upon women’s autonomy.