Back in March, I wrote a blog about a bill that had been introduced into the Kansas legislature to monitor pregnant women. Motivation for the bill was to investigate women who had miscarriages for the possibility they might have had off the books abortions.
Several of my readers complained such laws would never come to be because when abortion was illegal before Roe no such laws had existed. Their compliancy needs to be corrected. Politically, times were different. Now, there is a war on women and we will see laws meant to control them during pregnancy.
Early on, we may not see laws labeled specifically as meant for suspicious miscarriages. They will be said to be for other reasons. This has happened in Tennessee.
Against the advice of doctors and professionals in the field, the Governor has signed a bill criminalizing drug use by pregnant women. Note the word, “criminalizing”. This means law enforcement will be involved, not just health officials. There are many good reasons why women should not use drugs, be overweight, have bad diets, etc., but there are also good reasons why government should not regulate every aspect of a pregnant woman’s life.
We have now seen law enforcement invited into the realm of pregnancy. Once in, law enforcement has to be given access to many private aspects of a woman’s life. As I pointed out, any woman who has a miscarriage but has on her computer evidence that she looked up a site that gave instructions on home abortions may be in for some jail time.
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