Innocent Until Proven Pregnant

Miscarriages can be considered a crime in many States:

In Alabama at least 40 cases have been brought under the state’s “chemical endangerment” law. Introduced in 2006, the statute was designed to protect children whose parents were cooking methamphetamine in the home and thus putting their children at risk from inhaling the fumes.

Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way. During her pregnancy her foetus was diagnosed with possible Down’s syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.

The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.

Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with “chemical endangerment” of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.

“That shocked me, it really did,” Kimbrough said. “I had lost a child, that was enough.”

(via Poor Mojo)

5 Comments

  1. “Barefoot and pregnant” isn’t enough for the crowd behind this. They need women living in fear too. Otherwise they might think they’re human or something, and that won’t be tolerated.

    1. Because the function of a female is to produce white, Christian males and lots of ’em who we can train to use the law to enforce our feelings about what “christianity” really wants.Which is mostly blah blah blah.

  2. Besides for the cynical humor, I read this blog to be reminded of how grateful I am that I never had children. What a world! Back to the Phine Phiphties just like that……

  3. If there is *evidence* she was regularly doing hard drugs while pregnant I have no qualms about putting her behind bars (and in rehab) though maybe sterilization would be a more apt punishment.

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