The Virginia House of Delegates gave tentative approval to a bill to make it a felony for a woman to cause her own miscarriage

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WaPo story here, which notes:

…In a flurry of votes, the [Virginia] House gave preliminary approved to a bill that would require doctors to give women the option of viewing an ultrasound before an abortion. It also agreed to require doctors to give women information about how anesthesia can be provided to a fetus during the procedure.

Two bills that would make it a crime to force a miscarriage received preliminary approval in the House. Under one, a person other than the mother could be charged with involuntary manslaughter for causing a miscarriage. Under the other, a woman who causes her own miscarriage could be charged with a felony and face up to 10 years in prison. The legislation would not outlaw the morning-after pill.

Final votes on the abortion bills are scheduled for today. If approved, the bills go to the Senate, which has been hesitant in recent years to address abortion-related issues. Even so, abortion rights supporters say they worry that Virginia is getting closer to enacting a ban on abortion. …

Via TikvahGirl.

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  2. bob coley jr says:

    “when i look back on all the crap i learned in highschool…it’s a wonder i can think at all…but my lack of education hasn’t hurt me none…i can read the writing on the wall”(PAUL SIMON, KADACHROME) if any or a combination of these bills pass will that mean taking the morning after pill could be construed as inducing an abortion or miscarriage?

  3. bob coley jr says:

    yea, i know! my spelling stinks…lol.

  4. Ann Bartow says:

    Good question, Bobc. It sounds like that could be part of the (not so) hidden agenda.

  5. kathy a says:

    the part a bird and a bottle cited about a woman inducing a miscarriage the day before she was scheduled to give birth — what the hell is that supposed to mean? if there is a due date, and the baby is born near the due date, that is a delivery, not a miscarriage.

    very troubling that this kind of legislation keeps bubbling up.