On Mississippi’s Propsed Abortion/Life Law

I can’t believe I’m writing this post, after writing just a few weeks ago about the “untouchable” topics that cannot be intelligently debated:  religion, politics, and Ayn Rand.   I guess abortion usually falls as a subset of religion, but if not, it’s definitely its own “untouchable” – it’s impossible to have an intelligent debate about abortion.

So having said that, I have no intention of debating the merits/validity of the new law Mississippi is proposing, which “would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder.” Yes – this law would make IUDs illegal, as IUDs work by preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus.

I have one question: is there a stipulation in this law where the State of Mississippi will take criminal action against pregnant mothers who smoke, drink or do anything else that might cause harm to their egg/fetus/baby?  These would be crimes, obviously – assault? I’m sure the lawyers can slap a more creative criminal term on it.  Furthermore, what will be the punishment for a mother who drinks/smokes/etc before she realizes that she is pregnant?  Will that sentence be less severe?

-KD

disclosure: I am pro-choice

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