After removing the word “reckless,” this appalling bill has been signed by Governer Gary Herbert in Utah. The language of the bill was edited but originally proposed that “reckless and unintentional” death of a fetus would be criminalized, as in, a miscarriage.
Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law Monday a bill that would allow a woman who arranges an illegal abortion to be charged with criminal homicide.
The new law is in response to a case last year where a 17-year-old pregnant girl paid a man $150 to beat her in hopes of inducing a miscarriage. A judge ruled there was no law on Utah’s books allowing the mother to be charged with a crime.
This language isn’t really much better. Instead of recognizing that it could only be the most oppressive circumstances that would lead a young woman to have someone beat her in hopes of inducing a miscarriage, and therefore creating legislation that protects young women, they legislate against women.