Sunday, June 26, 2011

Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges | World news | The Guardian

This is a frightening article that covers a range of issues, from the so-called war on drugs and its effect damage that campaign has inflicted, to further draconian applications of these laws:
Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way.
During her pregnancy her foetus was diagnosed with possible Down's syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.
The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.
Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with "chemical endangerment" of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.
"That shocked me, it really did," Kimbrough said. "I had lost a child, that was enough."
She now awaits an appeal ruling from the higher courts in Alabama, which if she loses will see her begin a 10-year sentence behind bars.
Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges | World news | The Guardian

3 comments:

  1. Well, you got that right, Regan; file it under fanaticism and fascism... and you might also create another tag: contemporary existential nightmares! And really, it does sound like something from the Twilight Zone. I hope that woman turns around and sues those a-holes... and some Feminist Rights group descends upon Alabama like a swarm of killer bees. :-(

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  2. Dia, I like that: "contemporary existential nightmares." I don't mean to sound trite but these past few years, and especially the past year, I feel like we're living inside a Kafka novel. But the stark reality is, these things are very real.

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  3. Regan, Kafka novel for sure... but then Kafka was mirroring the neurosis of his times... I guess we're just dealing with different variety of neurosis! On the other hand, judging by some of the news stories you dig up - and I know they're authentic - I really don't know how you can keep yourself from going stark raving mad. I honestly couldn't handle it. Apparently you must sense somewhere that it's your job... in which case, give yourself credit where credit is due - you deserve it!

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