Trouble in Utah
Abortion advocates are angry about a bill, recently passed by the Utah state senate, that imposes penalties on people who perform abortions on themselves. (The law does not include abortions performed by physicians, so this is not a challenge to Roe v. Wade.) The criticism centers on the phrase “reckless act,” which they contend includes “women who indulge in an occasional glass of wine, trip on the stairs, or reunite with an abusive spouse.” Jezebel goes so far as to imply that the state government will now be harshly interrogating every mother who miscarries. (Of course, they wouldn’t like my use of the word “mother.” Also, why does their article feature a photo of Amanda Seyfried?) I agree with them that the governor should send the bill back to the legislature for redrafting, but I’m going to reach this conclusion in a bit of a roundabout way, so bear with me.
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