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04 March 2010 @ 03:14 pm
I fear the beginning of a slippery slope  
Every week, I get a "Legislative Wrap-Up" newsletter from a member of the Tennessee General Assembly (state legislature). This week's includes the following note:
House Bill 3495 specifies that when someone commits a homicide or assault against a pregnant woman, the woman's fetus, regardless of viability, is also considered a victim of the offense. The legislation passed out of the Public Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee and will next be heard by the House Health and Human Resources Committee.

I am being over-fearful in wondering if this is a first step toward the kind of assininity recently perpetrated in Utah?
siliconshaman on March 4th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the United States of Gilead, or at least, what will be if certain people have their way.
L A: Down and Seriouslouisadkins on March 4th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I think you're on target, sadly.
Violet Tigress: scaredy catviolet_tigress1 on March 4th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Banging head
Kats: Daffywildrider on March 5th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard this, but it goes along with what I was listening to the other morning on NPR on gun control/laws... and what might come from this should this law be relaxed or abolished.

The stupidity in this country is mind-numbing, and it gets worse every single day (we saw an interview with a militia member here in Arizona, who SEEMED to be well-reasoned and intelligent, but when asked why the militia website claimed to hate the "Obamunist regime," he replied that many militias are "afraid" of the current administration. *blink* Afraid of what? I wish I could ask...).
gh4acws on March 5th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
if that is the intention - it will lead to that. Thus you are right.

Need I mention that this is also a stupid proposal?
Shooting a pregnant terrorist in defense of your own and other lives would net you being accused of manslaughter ( to whatever degree ). ( Yes this is a construct - but I bet that the proposal does not even say "known/visible pregnant" - which might only be known through a post mortem )
Maggie: Dr. Coxsillymagpie on March 7th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
I don't think you're being paranoid, but I do think this type of legislation has been passed elsewhere. I disagree with it in general.