Friday, March 09, 2007

They can't wait to start misrepresenting prolife legislation, huh? Totally believable.

Jessica at Feministing and at the BushvChoice blog links to an article about Mississippi's trigger law to ban abortion except in the cases of life of the mother and rape once Roe v. Wade is overturned. After quoting the article about the legislation and how someone guilty of performing an illegal abortion would spend 1 to 10 years in jail, Jessica exclaims,
They just can't wait to start punishing women, huh? Unbelievable.
Too bad Jessica probably hasn't actually read the legislation because if she did that basic research she might have known the law says specifically that women won't be punished for performing abortions on themselves (my emphasis below).
Any person, except the pregnant woman, who purposefully, knowingly or recklessly performs or attempts to perform or induce an abortion in the State of Mississippi, except in the case where necessary for the preservation of the mother's life or where the pregnancy was caused by rape, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than one (1) year nor more than ten (10) years.
But hey, why do simple research like reading legislation before commenting on it when you can just pigeonhole prolifers as people who just want to punish women?

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