Lately in (some of) the USA: Stillbirth while a drug addict? Stillbirth following a suicide attempt? Well, you’re a murdering bitch.
Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion…
At least 38 of the 50 states across America have introduced foetal homicide laws that were intended to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from violent attacks by third parties – usually abusive male partners – but are increasingly being turned by renegade prosecutors against the women themselves.
Something else I notice in this story – a certain class element about who is being charged with these crimes that seems to tie into the War Against (Some) Drugs, which always seems to be waged against the drugs that rich people don’t tend to use. This time it’s the War Against (Some) Women.