On March 5th, they went at it again. On the Georgia House floor, State Representative, Terry England, commented on a bill that would require women to carry stillborn fetuses to term or until the time their bodies “pass” the fetus on their own. What this means is, if your baby dies inside of you, however far along in development, it would be illegal to have any type of medical procedure (such as a D&C) to remove the contents of your uterus.
In a debate over Georgia House Bill 954, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks even if the baby is not expected to live, England recalled the time he had spent with livestock.
“Life gives us many experiences,” he explained. “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive — delivering pigs, dead and alive. … It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” – Raw Story, David Edwards
He justifies his beliefs by comparing women who carry dead babies in their wombs to the cows and pigs he used to work with on a farm who did the same. According to England, those barnyard animals had to carry their dead offspring until their bodies expelled them naturally, so obviously, the same should go for women.
Opponents of the bill believe that it would force women to carry stillborn fetuses or to have Caesarian deliveries. Regardless of any complications surrounding the pregnancy, under HB 954 a woman is expected to carry the child until birth. – Huffington Post, Leigh Owens
As a woman who has had to live through the experience of finding out not once, but twice, that her child was dead inside of her, this proposed law makes me sick. Ignoring all the medical catastrophes that can result from carrying dead tissue for too long (including blood infections and hemorrhage), the emotional toll of knowing your child is dead within your own body is unmeasurable. I speak with much more experience in the matter than I care to have.
Why are men deciding these things for us? Where are the women who should be behind these podiums, putting our voice to these issues?
This year, ladies, let’s get out there and vote for, rally for, and speak out on our own rights. It doesn’t matter what wing your lady business sits on; just get out there and speak up for it!
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