Pregant woman denied divorce from abuser

So nice to see how compassionate people can be.
A week after Shawnna Hughes was granted a divorce from her abusive husband, a Seattle judge rescinded the order upon finding out that she was pregnant. Huh?
Kind of defies all logic, but here it is:
Superior Court Judge Paul A. Bastine said, “Not only is it the policy of this court, it is the policy of the state that you cannot dissolve a marriage when one of the parties is pregnant.” Um…what if he’s been beating the shit out of her? No? Oh, ok…
Despite Judge Bastine’s contention, other experts say that there is no ban on divorce for pregnant women in Washington or any other state. Curiouser and curiouser.
The ACLU and the Northwest Women’s Law Center are helping Hughes in her appeal. They point out that if the judge’s ruling remains it’s not just discrimination, but it also could “establish a perverse incentive for an abusive husband to get his wife pregnant in order to force her to stay married.” Yikes.
Just in case you still have any question as to what a shithead this judge is:
Further roiling the case, Bastine told Shawnna Hughes that she had forced a prolongation of her marriage on herself with the “intentional act” of getting pregnant.
“You have created the situation by your own actions that delay your opportunity to dissolve your marriage,” he said in the Nov. 4 hearing.

Oh, I see; it’s her fault for getting pregnant! What an asshole.

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