This whole debacle began when Republicans passed a bill that would make killing a fetus “fetal homicide.” After 20 weeks of pregnancy, the unborn child would be legally be defined as a person. Similar laws are already on the books in some 38 states.
Senate Bill 66 did attempt to make some exceptions. Women who wanted abortions and their doctors could still take drastic measures. If a legal abortion were to take place, it wouldn’t violate the new law.
In that effort, though, the language got a bit muddled. It read “any act committed by the pregnant woman” would be legal, even “in cases of second-degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or causing or aiding suicide.”
It is difficult for some to see this as a simple accident. The wording seems quite specific, and based on some legal interpretations of the law, a pregnant woman could kill anyone over 20 weeks old with impunity and without consequence. Even so, many of the lawmakers who voted for Senate Bill 66 had not noticed the language. When it was brought to their attention, they scrambled to find a fix.
For anyone wondering, yes, it’s been fixed.
But I think we’re going to need to add this one to the list of crap I shouldn’t laugh at, but did anyway.
I was out to dinner with friends tonight and read this during a bathroom break. Went back to the table and the one couple there has four kids, so I told them about this, chuckling. The husband says, “Oh they need to fix that, people are going to die!” At which point his wife busted out in maniacal laughter. LOL!
That about sums it up.