Can anyone explain to me why bills like this one are even proposed. I think it highly unlikely that anything like this could pass and be made in to law, but still! The only thing I can think is that their intent might be to be able to charge people who abandon babies in dumpsters with more severe penalties, but how is arresting women who have a miscarriages and don't report it going to help?
The kicker to me beyond the invasion of privacy is the level of seriousness this is considered. I mean a Class 1 misdemeanor? How is not reporting a miscarriage within 12 hours even remotely equivalent to statutory rape, arson, or stalking? It seems as if more and more people have their priorities crossed.
For those not as familiar with them, here is their little blurb:
We provide hotline, support groups and emergency shelter for lesbian, bisexual women and transgender folks and their children experiencing domestic violence, and community education and organizing around GLBT domestic violence.
All and all they are a great (and local) organization.
On a lighter note, this story that has been passed from my aunt the last time she got to talk to him. I guess they were on the road and this goat farmer came along with his herd. Now all they are given are ready to eat meals. To suppliment their diet they are encouraged to have stuff sent by family (feel free to imagine all the ramen and canned ravioli he has requested) or to encourage the local economy by buying locally. So they asked the farmer how much he would want for one of his goats. He in return listed some amount that seemed ludicrous to him (the equivalent of saying a million dollars). All the soldiers there scrounged in there pockets and managed to come up with enough in crumpled US dollars. This goat was the highlight of the week. Come to think of it this story is actually fairly sad on a number of levels...
There was a great article from November 04, 2004 on the Times Online. It made me stop and actually be hopefully about the results of the past election for the first time. Would I have been glad if things had turned out differently? Of course, the future of the next four years admittedly terribies me, but they didn't. Hopefully this will indeed lead to greater change than we could otherwise have wished for.
Currently wearing: Kweku Anansi