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Number 560, March 7, 2010

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And You Doubted Me
by L. Neil Smith

Courtesy of The Libertarian Enterprise

The headline reads: "The Next Anti-Choice Target: Miscarriage".

The source is, which advises us, "A new Utah law could charge women with homicide if they miscarry, making women's rights advocates concerned that women will be brought up on murder charges for drinking, failing to wear a seatbelt, or falling down the stairs.

"The bill passed Utah's state legislature last Thursday [my emphasis] and still needs final approval by the governor, but it continues to gain attention this week for its unusually restrictive language. It doesn't address legal abortion, but allows punishment up to life in prison for an "intentional, knowing, or reckless act" that leads to a miscarriage or abortion without a doctor's supervision."

Read the rest at [this link] but remember where you saw it first. There's discussion in this article about registering pregnancies and many of the other outrages I have predicted over the past few years, outrages that others have dismissed, among other things, as "red herrings".

It occurs to me that if we were to take the Bush-Obama government at their word, that this country's military is fighting two wars in the middle east for freedom and against terrorism, then we should pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan immediately and send them straight to Utah.

As Huey Long might have said, "Of course we'll have fascism eventually -- but we'll call it 'wombocracy'."

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