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The Answer to Solving Problems? Criminalize Everything!

HB462 Criminal Homicide and Abortion Revisions, the replacement bill for HB12 Criminal Homicide and Abortion Amendments, passed both the House and the Senate yesterday on The Hill.  The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk for signing on Monday.

The news has hit the New York Times and Ms. Magazine (which references Utah Legislature Watch).

The bill’s original language was amended to take out the word “reckless”

…. in reference to behavior but retains “intentional” acts by the woman that cause an abortion as grounds for a charge of aggravated murder.

The measure doesn’t change the state’s legal abortion statutes but establishes Utah as the only state to set parameters on when a woman can be held criminally responsible for causing the end of a pregnancy at her own hand or means outside a doctor’s care.

(Deseret News)

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, expressed that interpretations of the bill’s language were “fabrications”.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said his original bill was designed to go after mothers who recklessly use illegal drugs and lose their fetus and insisted that claims it could extend more broadly were “an absolute farce and a lie.”

“The rumors,” he said, “that this bill allowed women to be charged for slipping on ice or driving down the road without her seat belt and getting in an accident: total fabrication.”

(Salt Lake Tribune)

Wimmer drafted the bill in response to an incident involving a 17 year old pregnant woman who paid a man to beat her until she miscarried (the fetus survived and has been adopted)

Democrats in the legislature are still wary about the bill:

Democrats commended Wimmer for revising his bill, but many remain unconvinced the legislation is needed at all. Democratic Representative Brian King said empowering the state to “poke around in the bedrooms and doctor’s offices” of Utahns runs counter to the Legislature’s conservative nature.


“You know, sometimes I think the disconnect between our words, and what we claim are our stated beliefs and what we do are so great that we ought to treat some of our members for whiplash. It’s that, there’s that big a gap,” said King.


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Women who have miscarriages now at risk….

The big news of Utah’s Legislators yesterday was the passage of HB12 Criminal Homicide and Abortion, which will make women criminally liable for intentional miscarriages.  The subjective nature of the bill brings potential harm  to women in this state.

Planned Parenthood of Utah, in its memo sent out yesterday after the vote, stated that:

During the floor debate, both Senator Margaret Dayton and Representative Wimmer refused to support an amendment that would provide protections for victims of domestic violence! The bill is now going to the House of Representatives for the signature of the Speaker and will then move to the Governor for his signature.

The refusal to support the proposed amendments leaves the door open for women who have natural miscarriages or miscarriage due to domestic violence open for prosecution.  The bill is punitive in nature and provides no practical options to prevent or to assist women with unintended pregnancies.

Another abortion bill, HB200 Informed Consent has passed the Utah House and is currently before the Senate.  This bill is aimed at requiring clinics to give a detailed description of the ultrasound images if the woman seeking an abortion asks for the information (which, by the way, woman can already do….).  See my previous post on that bill here.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Informed Consent: Really?

(Please note sarcasm in last paragraph!)

H.B. 200 Informed Consent
, which requires ultrasound images to be taken and then displayed to women seeking abortions, if they so choose [to see the images], has generated much controversy, as anything having to do with a woman’s right to choose does.  This bill made it through the Utah House last week.

An article in the Deseret News has yielded some interesting comments from readers:

This law is a fairly transparent attempt to reduce the number of abortions by counting on pregnant women to change their minds after seeing an ultrasound of their living fetus. Naturally there are two ways to look at this: the pro-life view is that if a woman is confronted with graphic images of the fetus she can’t otherwise see, she will make an emotional decision against the abortion. The pro-choice view is that this is the equivalent of a protester standing outside the clinic with graphic photos of aborted fetuses — in other words, intimidation. Both views have some validity, which is why abortion is such a difficult debate in the first place. How many women will “choose” to see these images, is hard to say; whether any medical providers will somehow “show” the images to a woman without being asked is also hard to predict. And so the tug of war over a highly personal issue, between two equally passionate factions, with vulnerable, pregnant women in the middle, goes on and on.


Legislature, please show some compassion to victims of sexual violence. Imagine if it was your daughter, wife or sister who was attacked. Would you still thrust this upon her?

These women CAN’T sleep at night. That is why they make the painful choice to have an abortion. This is a bill of re-victimization. Even in the cases where the pregnancy was just unplanned, it is not the government’s right to interfere with the woman or her doctor’s decision.


What a complete WASTE of tax payers dollars and a HUGE WASTE of our State Legislatures time. We have so many other huge problems like our deficit and our unemployment crisis to fix. This bills only purpose is to try and make a woman change their mind as the congressman said in the article. To all Utah residents and to all the members of the Utah congress, abortion is LEGAL! Get used to it. I can’t wait to cast my vote this next election against any incumbent who voted in support of this. The abortion clinics should have the choice to support and install this in their facility, not be forced to. If this passes into law I hope the ACLU will fight this and get it overturned.

H.B. 200 does not provide complete disclosure to the woman seeking an abortion.  While this bill is aimed in reality at attempting to have women change their minds about abortion (even after long and often painful thought into the decision), there are no provisions whatsoever to provide financial support by the government if the woman changes her mind.  The “information” and “education” does not, for example, include the reality of the costs of raising a child; the emotional distress of giving the baby up for adoption and subsequently the legal rights of the birth mother to stay connected, or not, to the child; or parenting issues education.  [Tongue in cheek] If state legislators are intent on making it difficult for women to make their own choices through a bill that legislates moral values, they should include in such a bill the financial obligation and commitment to support  the woman and her child should she change her mind about having the abortion.  “Informed” consent?  Not really.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Send a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name

Someone sent me an email stating that she had made a  donation to Planned Parenthood, with great satisfaction,  in 
Sarah Palin’s  name.  
A Planned Parenthood donation is tax deductible, where a political  donation isn’t.  And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her  name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the
donation has been made in her  honor. 
Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood
Go to donate, then honorary gifts. 
You’ll need to  fill in the address to let PP know where to send the"in Sarah Palin’s honor"  card.  
I suggest you use the address for the
McCain campaign headquarters,  which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street, 1st  floor
Arlington ,  VA  22202
Feel free to send this along to  all your women friends as well as your men 
friends and urge them to do the  same.

Shame on Utah

As I listened to a presentation by Planned Parenthood of Utah yesterday on the timeline of sex education in our country, I couldn’t help but think how backwards we have been going since the late 1800’s when sex education first started being publicly developed. Although I knew about the “trigger law” that Utah was debating in the Legislature, little did I know that while I was seeing this presentation HB 235 was introduced by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, I learned later in the day, in which Utah targets Roe v. Wade.

Margaret Sanger must be turning in her grave.

The legislators who want this bill to pass continue to lie to the public as well. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, Utah’s Senate Majority Leader,is quoted as saying that
“Planned Parenthood has made it clear that they will do all they can to continue killing babies … that’s what abortions do,” he said. “That’s one where it’s kind of black and white. There’s not a lot of negotiating if you take the life of a child.”

In Utah, Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions. PP educates women on their choices and their right to choose abortion.

I like how Karrie Galloway, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Utah, puts it:
“We are so focused on the abortion issue that we don’t look at how to prevent abortion, we only want to ban it and it hasn’t addressed the needs of the people of Utah.”

Welcome to the state of Utah – and our country – and a resurgence of the dark ages. Instead of fixing and preventing things, we do things like create bans and restrictions which are just bandaids to deeper problems that won’t go away.

Shame on Utah. A women’s body is sacred. A woman has the right to choose for herself what to do with her body. Once again, men are taking the moral high ground to decide for women what they can decide for themselves. You can believe what you want, but you don’t have the right to tell me what I can do with my body or anything that has to do with it.

Here is a challenge to Utah Women:
We need to introduce a bill whereby all men who have fathered two or more children must have vasectomies! And if they wouldn’t do this willingly, they would face forced castration. Population control at its best.

Planned Parenthood on the Pine Ridge Reservation

A friend of mine sent me this yesterday:

I just read about this in the American Progress Report. It seems the president of the Oglala Sioux tribe in Pine Ridge takes exception to the ban on abortion signed into law in South Dakota.

From Bitch, PhD.:

“Cecilia Fire Thunder, the President of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, speaks truth to the white boys who think they run things in her country.
“I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.”

Another blogger called Pine Ridge, spoke to Ms. Fire Thunder, and posts snail mail and email addresses where you can send checks and letters of support to help fund such a clinic. She also points out, correctly, that like most Indian Reservations, Pine Ridge is not flush for cash, so if you have a little extra, you might want to consider donating to the rez directly. Pine Ridge, by the way, is the location of one of only four Indian colleges in the U.S. that is accredited to issue its own bachelor’s degrees. Schools on Pine Ridge are in the bottom 10% of funding by the Dept. of Education and the BIA, teacher turnover there is eight times the national average, and the dropout rate is the highest in the nation, according to their education web site.

The mailing address is:

Oglala Sioux Tribe
ATTN: President Fire Thunder
P. O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
PO BOX 990
Martin, SD 57751

For donations specifically for the Planned Parenthood clinic, make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder. General donations may be made out to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.”
Let’s hear it for sovereignty, for a woman’s right to choose and for president Fire Thunder for having the ovaries to do this. I’m opening my check book right now. Please forward this far and wide.
See also Sioux may challenge SD abortion ban – help open a clinic!

“The Dominoes Have Begun to Fall”

Those are the words of Planned Parenthood who has put out an alert that 11 more states are considering criminalizing abortion – even in cases of rape and incest.

The abortion ban signed in South Dakota last week was only the beginning. Eleven more states have proposed criminalizing abortion. The governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, recently said if an abortion ban reaches his desk, he will sign it. Act now to stop the dominoes from falling.

Planned Parenthood’s campaign is to stop this dominoe effect and also to reiterate that prevention is the key – not punishment.

Tell Gov. Barbour [and your governor] that Americans do not support any bans on the right to choose.

International Women’s Day in Salt Lake

Tonight in Salt Lake an event was held to celebrate International Women’s Day. Building Global Bridges was held at Westminster College. Tabling was for 1/2 hour prior to the film and panel.

Jen of Jen’s Green Journal has posted photos and an account of the event.

Here are photos from the tabling session:

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International Women’s Day

Today, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, the day of the Global Women’s Strike. IWD is a day that has been celebrated internationally by women and men and childrenm since 1945. (Scroll down for IWD history).

Locally, in Salt Lake City, there will be this event:

International Women’s Day – “Building Global Bridges”
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College
FREE and open to the public
Reception: 6pm, Program: 6:45pm

Feature Film: “Women on the Frontlines” – Women in 5 countries strive to improve their lives and communities thorugh education, micro loans, democracy, and the search for peace and forgiveness. Discussion will follow.

Presented by:
Planned Parenthood, People for Peace and Justice of UTah, Mormons for Equality and Social Justice, National Council for Community and Justice, Tapestry Against Polygamy, Ten Thousand Villages, Westminster Students for Choice and Diversity Center, Rape REcovery Center, YWCA, SLC Film Center and City Weekly

Women at work in India
Ajit Solanki, Associated Press
Women break chili pepper stalks in Ahmadabad, India. The women earn 11 cents for more than 40 pounds of chilies. Today is International Women’s Day — an occasion where women’s groups worldwide are honoring women’s achievements and working for equality.
(published in today’s Deseret News)

    A network with national co-ordinations in 11 countries and participating organisations in over 60 countries. We demand the return of military budgets to the community, beginning with women the main carers of people and the planet. Women, and men who support our goals, take action together on 8 March, International Women’s Day, and throughout the year. In this way each grassroots struggle is backed by our collective power.

    Read these articles and accounts of women and women’s issues:

    Statement from Women <a href="Housewives workers in the home to President Chavez – 4 February 2006
    http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/English2005/WSFworkshops.htm”>Global Women’s Strike workshops at the World Social Forum, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan-Feb 2006
    Venezuela: bringing the women’s revolution to Europe & US
    Women under occupation – daily life and resistance: Three Palestinian women speak at Crossroads Women’s Centre
    Refusing to kill, a website by Payday, a network of men working with the Global Women’s Strike

    IWD History
    Thousands of workers in the New York needle trades (primarily women) demonstrated & began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor.

    More on IWD

  • 33 years of women’s constitutional rights being upheld

    Today marks the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    In 1973, women won control of their reproductive rights when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a right to choose as part of their constitutional right to privacy, to terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. Only during the last trimester, when the fetus can survive outside the womb, would states be permitted to regulate abortion of a healthy pregnancy.

    The Supreme Court is just a step away of overturning this decision, however. Since Bush nominated conservative hardliner Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, women’s rights are in jeopardy more than ever.
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