8 January 2005
Five years ago, I proposed a Federal Department of Pregnancy to deal with the thorny question of abortion. One paragraph began this way:
Upon pregnancy certification, a woman would be required to post $20,000 bond with the local Department office. (In the case of multiple births, the bond would be increased accordingly, once it is determined that twins or more have been conceived.) This bond is subject to forfeiture if she miscarries, or if, in the judgment of the Department, she has not exerted "maximum effort" to bring the pregnancy to term.
This was, I hasten to add, intended as satire. On the other hand, this isn't:
When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance, it shall be the woman's responsibility to report the death to the law-enforcement agency in the jurisdiction of which the delivery occurs within 12 hours after the delivery. A violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
"Sorry, honey, no time to mourn. You have to report this to the police."
At least there's no law requiring her to report the pregnancy. Yet.
(Swiped from Democracy for Virginia.)Posted at 9:09 AM to Political Science Fiction