Peach State Uterus Police

In today’s edition of the GOP pissing on women, Republican Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin has introduced H.B. 1 in the Georgia Legislature, which, along with outlawing abortion, requires that all miscarriages (which the bill calls “spontaneous fetal deaths”) be reported to the local county registrar within 72 hours, along with documentation that the miscarriage occurred with “no human involvement whatsoever.”

If a woman cannot prove sufficient facts or details as to the circumstances of her miscarriage, investigators may obtain information from “relatives or other persons acquainted with the facts” to determine whether the miscarriage occurred naturally.  Any “fetal death” that cannot be proven to have occurred without “human involvement” will be classified as a felony offense. Along with ignoring Roe v. Wade, let’s just ditch the whole concept of innocent until proven guilty.

Franklin has previously introduced legislation abolishing paper money in the state and outlawing income taxes, so he has a track record of far-right teabaggery.


I’m sorry Ms. Jenkins, but in addition to the trauma of a miscarriage, I’m afraid you’re under arrest.

Every woman I’ve ever known who has been temporarily off birth control and intentionally trying to get pregnant will own up to experiencing a miscarriage at some point or another. It’s staggeringly common. Why don’t they just round up and arrest every sexually active woman in Georgia right now?

Does every woman in Georgia need to register their menses?

@flippin eck: “Why don’t they just round up and arrest every sexually active woman in Georgia right now?”
Good idea. They could then set up the women as handmaids.

Regarding your point about women intentionally trying to get pregnant, a lot of the time they don’t even know they miscarried as it occurred so soon, so as ManchuCandidate suggests, I suppose they’ll have to report all heavier-than-usual periods to the Uterus Police.

@SanFranLefty: Gosh, that first paragraph of the plot summary on Wikipedia sounds *so* implausible:

The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, a country formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. It was founded by a racist, male chauvinist, nativist, theocratic-organized military coup as an ideologically-driven response to the pervasive ecological, physical and social degradation of the country. Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremist terrorists) that kills the President, a movement calling itself the “Sons of Jacob” launched a revolution, ousted Congress, and suspended the U.S. Constitution under the pretext of restoring order. Taking advantage of electronic banking, they were quickly able to freeze the assets of all women and other “undesirables” in the country, stripping their rights away. The new theocratic military dictatorship, styled “The Republic of Gilead”, moved quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily-Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious orthodoxy among its newly-created social classes.

Additional legislation probably introduced by Republican Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin would delete the first and last names of all women and female children, and replace them with the patronymic names of their husband, father or nearest male relative, beginning with Ofcletus.

Resettlement of the Children of Ham, the Sons of Jacob, various Unwomen and Gender Traitors will commence immediately. Praise!

@SanFranLefty: There’s a damn good reason that I prefer to live within 100 miles of the nearest border. When these aggressively ignorant, psychopathic, high-fructose corn syrup fueled, hate-crazed crackers finally lose it, we’re toast.

I’m just back from a stirring demonstration to show our solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in WI. We chanted “Union busting is disgusting.” We also chanted “Power to the People.” The smell of freedom’s in the air, people! Maurice Hinchey was unable to attend. Plus, the new MacBook Pro is now available! Will wonders never cease!

Is it possible to mount a class action suit against the voters who vote these unspeakable so-and-so’s into office?

@lynnlightfoot: The people who voted this idiot in live in Marietta, Ga., home of Newt Gingrich as well as a county that in the 1990s made it official county policy to declare that homosexuality was incompatible with said county (Cobb). Because of that reason, the Olympic torch bypassed it (as well as Spartanburg, S.C., for similar reasons) on its way to Atlanta in 1996.

I am continuing in my effort to make Atlanta proper its own city-state.

Also, in other crazy Georgian news: the statehouse GOP continues its war on brown people; U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is in a tie for being the most neanderthal senator ever; U.S. Rep and loonbag Paul Broun plans to use his position to start a star court to discredit the idea of climate change.

Also: Sunday alcohol sales bill is dead thanks to the Christian Coalition, and the GOP caucus voted behind closed doors not to bring it to the full state Senate, where it would have easily passed with Demrat support.

@rptrcub: I’ve been waiting for you to weigh in on this. If you can’t make ATL the Singapore of the South, when should we stage the extraction effort for you and Mr. Cubbie? (Right now my priority is getting JamieSommers out of Arizona, but then you’re next on the Stinque refugee list).

First: picture & alt-text = tears of AWESOME.

@SFL @cubbie: COME TO ILLINOIS! It’s the perfect place to live in exile! We got art museums, and sausages, and shopping, and decent beer, and both a big lake and two big rivers in case you need to escape by water. And truckloads of Sport, too!

Midwestern lawmakers can’t be wrong. When you need to escape and go into hiding, Illinois is there for you!

@chicago bureau: I’m seeking exile for JamieSommers and cubbie, not for me. If I seek exile, it’s to flee the country with ¡Andrew!, not to flee my koo-koo cocoon of the People’s Republic of San Francisco. We have oceans, mountains, blue skies 275 days of the year, fantastic wine and beer, and medical marijuana.

Oh and Cali has liquor laws that would make rptrcub cry. They sell beer and wine at Target, Sprawl-Mart, Walgreen’s, and Longs’ Drugs, for crying out loud, and you can buy any type of alcohol 24/7 at Safeway. (And use your Safeway card for discounts).

@SanFranLefty: Will they still deliver booze to your home? They used to.

@Mistress Cynica: It’s like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane– you call the guy at Pink Dot up, tell him what you want, then it’s there in about 45 minutes. The only difference is they don’t let you run a tab.

@Mistress Cynica: I live four blocks from a liquor store that doesn’t require a change in elevation when walking/staggering there. So I have no idea if there is still delivery, but I imagine you can throw it in your delivery order from Safeway. Delivery is less of a big deal in a less car-centric place. That said, if you pay enough, you can have anything delivered in about 45 minutes, whether it’s a bottle of Tanquery or a Thai hooker.

I just read where Sarah Palin will be appearing at the India Today2011 in New Dehli in March. Also appearing Germaine Greer.

Don’t you imagine Sarah Palin as a true frontierswoman knows how to squat to shit?

@texrednface: I think Greer is a past attendee. Not sure I can swing a trip down to Delhi, but it would be awesome to attend her “I Am America, and So Could You!” speech.

If she takes questions from the audience, and is confronted with that delightful sub-continental accent, there will be a lot of deer-in-headlight stares and “In what respect, Rajiv?” responses.

ADD: I suspect that there are more than a handful of stinquers and stinquettes who would love to partake of the “prasad” during Shiva Ratri next week. One day of the year you get a free pass to partake, and apparently it is a filthy throng of whacked out tourists looking to get their free baked on.

@texrednface: Only if Todd holds her hair back and Bristol holds the baby.

I cannot imagine that twat in India. At.All. She must only be an invitee. There are not enough rupees and stock options in Tata to get her to go that far away from Faux News. That said, I would totally contribute to the Stinque Reporter Fund for Nabisco to take a road trip from NotTibet to live blog.

P.S. speaking of reporter funds, I’m disappointed that I hadn’t noticed the BOA/Wikileaks/Glenn story until he was on Colbert tonight. How did I miss it?

@SanFranLefty: She’s the keynote, fercrissakes! It’s on a Saturday, and there are frequent flights to Delhi…

/drums fingers in contemplation/

Check out the Mumbloggingheads’ take on the visit.

@Nabisco: Keynote at the last dinner on the last day. Greer will be there speaking on whether Bikinis and Burqas can co-exist.

@Nabisco: I can have a talk with Nojo in the back of class to see if we can set up a PayPal account to pay for you to do some hard-hitting reporting/road trip to Delhi to cover Talibunny in South Asia. And I’d put 50 bucks in the fund, and I bet we’d raise your airfare and a couple nights at a 3 star hotel in about 48 hours.

@SanFranLefty: /in an affected European accent/ Pfft! I speet on your StinqueDollars. I do it for free!

Press credentials, on the other hand, would be useful.

@texrednface: Wait, it’s a multi-day affair? I saw something about the 19th, which is Saturday. My weekdays belong to the Man.

@SanFranLefty: That was a very good intro to a very complicated issue. Must have taken them an hour to boil it down to that clarity.

@Nabisco: Do you need me to fake a Stinque Press Pass?

@nojo: Either that, or come up with 1400 clams for registration (I forgot that Palin doesn’t do anything unless it’s for coin). ElBarradai is Friday night keynote, Sarah Plain ‘n Dumb the closing keynote on Saturday. Schedule here.

@Nabisco: What size are press credentials? Business card? (That’s all I ever had at the News-Resister, but it’s not like I was a stranger at the Yamhill County Courthouse.)

And re: India. She has ten months of commercial shelf life before she becomes a trivia question, so I’d be banking everything I could. Maybe she’ll do a dance movie while she’s there.

@nojo: I was thinking just a white card that says “PRESS” on it, kind of like this.

Maybe she’ll do a dance movie while she’s there. I expect at least one “Cowboys and Indians” joke or, trying out her foreign policy crib sheet, thanks India for “all those wonderful things you do with cashmere“.

@Nabisco: And she’ll probably make some stupid joke about how nice it is to go and meet the customer service representatives for corporations.

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