When I posted a blog outlining the inevitable involvement of law enforcement in miscarriages in a life-at-conception world, many readers scoffed. It was not done before Roe, they said, so it would not now.
I countered that politically times are different now. There was little enforcement against abortion before WWII. Only in the late 1040′s did it became a politically popular to go after doctors and others who provided abortion services. Women were referred to as “victims”. Today pregnant women are seen by many politicians, not as victims, but as villians.
The reason women went from victims to villians was the women’s movement. When women became organized in groups like the National Organization for Women (NOW) they were effective. This effectiveness spawned opposition. By portraying themselves as formidable, women were see as threats. They were no longer victims, but villians.
As we speak, a bill is being debated in the State of Kansas legislature which would require all miscarriages to be reported to state government. This would include pregnancies starting from day one.
This is the second state to attempt to pass such a bill. The link points out that bills like this one would turn the pregnant woman from an unfortunate victim into a suspect.
If there are either men or women who do not want to see pregnant women turned into suspects by their own government, they need to be aware this is precisely the intent of parts of the anti abortion political lobby.