|GA Rep. Bobby Franklin|
The strategy of such bills, it must be noted, includes pushing for legislation that is overreaching and/or provocative such that by compromising on the "crazy" part of the bill, the not-so crazy parts get passed in some form (These parts are usually crazy too, until juxtaposed against the bill's crazier parts).
Over at Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go!, a reader (and MD) writes about the chilling effects of such a bill:
"Since 30-90 percent of fertilized eggs spontaneously abort, seems, according to Franklin, every woman should be required to track their menstrual cycle, and if there is a variance, they need to account for it to authorities, such that a spontaneous abortion can be investigated to determine if somehow the woman was responsible for the death of a human being."
Sure, this example is hyperbolic to some degree, and Rep. Franklin and the pro-lifers would certainly argue that this is not about punishing those who miscarry under "normal" circumstances. But who is to decide what is "normal?" And how is a miscarriage's "legality" ascertained?
And isn't it interesting that the same core group of folks who want smaller government and less government intrusion want to monitor your menstrual cycle? They want the TSA to stop touching their junk, but want the menstrual police up in yours?
Ladies, get ready for the Uterus Police.