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From my inbox today. It’s hard to believe something so ridiculous could pass in a state legislature, but then again, it’s Virginia:

Please spread the word about this, especially to people you might know in Virginia.

You think your uterus and it’s business is between you, your partner and your doctor? Think again. This is not a pro-choice or pro-life issue, this is about women’s right to privacy.

In Virginia, they want to require you to report any miscarriage within 12 hours to the POLICE or else you will go to JAIL.

The Bill:

When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance, it shall be the woman’s responsibility to report the death to the law-enforcement agency in the jurisdiction of which the delivery occurs within 12 hours after the delivery. A violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

There is a great write up about what the possible motives of this law may be. Whether you are pro-choice or not, taking away a woman’s right to privacy about her reproductive health can never be a good thing.

For more information vist Democracy for Virginia.

Edit: If you go to the site above you can see the update — apparently legislator who proposed the bill has been inundated with angry e-mails and phone calls, and will be clarifying the language in the bill to better address his original intent: to make sure that babies reported as stillborn are not actually cases of infanticide. I fail to see how this kind of law is going to prevent infanticide, though.


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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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