October 04, 2005

Sick beyond words

This is almost too ridiculous to be true, and if it isn't, well, Good Job, you pissed me off!

This makes me think I live in a SANE state. Yes, I do mean California.

" Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant "by means other than sexual intercourse."


Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates thepregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be givento married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents."

Furthermore, "commit[ing] unauthorized reproduction, [is] a Class B misdemeanor."

I realize that the intent of this idiotic law is to punish amorality, but the only one really punished is the poor innocent child conceived out of wedlock or by science. See, if you require these documents, then babies conceived this way are LESS likely to get competent prenatal care.

Either that or more babies are going to be aborted in Indiana.

Neither of these situations is good.

The first proviso is directed at single mothers, the second at lesbians. It's pretty transparent that this idiotic piece of legislation is a thinly veiled moral-majority dig at alternative and "ghetto" lifestyles.

Babies born to single moms are far more likely to be on the bottom end of the spectrum in a number of developmental milestones, are less likely to receive prenatal care, and are more likely to suffer from any number of disorders. This just represents the second strike against healthy kids.

Which is just sick. SICK. If you live in Indiana, and this is real, let your representatives know what a crock of shit this legislation is.


(h/t CA Mafia)

Posted by caltechgirl at October 4, 2005 05:47 PM | TrackBack

And will the father of the unwed mother's child also be prosecuted? Geez.

Posted by: Ith at October 4, 2005 05:55 PM

yeah, after they go on Maury to do the paternity test....

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 4, 2005 05:59 PM

Hey now, don't blame the male, it's not his fault the girl couldn't keep from getting pregnant! :) j/k... really that's a joke, put down the knife and step away from Mr. Happy!

Seriously, this has to be one of the more stupid laws I've heard of. If it does pass, I can see it being overturned by the supreme court... wait, I keep forgeting the SCOTUS doesn't believe in the constitution anymore.

Posted by: Contagion at October 5, 2005 05:36 AM