Hillary Clinton lashes out at the GOP for criminalizing miscarriage after lawmakers reported personal tragedy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed the right in a tweet Thursday morning for “seek[ing] Criminalize miscarriage and stillbirth after Georgia Representative Lucy McBath shared her story during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“Please listen to @RepLucyMcBath as she speaks for so many women who have had miscarriages and stillbirths – tragic losses that the right wing is trying to criminalize,” Ms Clinton tweeted.

Ms Clinton, a longtime abortion rights advocate, spoke out after Ms McBath testified in Congress about her experience with miscarriages and stillbirths.

“After what failed pregnancy should I have been locked up?” Ms McBath said. “Would it have been after the first miscarriage, after doctors used an illegal drug to abort the lost fetus? Would you have put me in jail after the second miscarriage… Or would you have put me behind bars after my stillbirth after being forced to carry a dead fetus for weeks after asking God if I would ever be able to would raise a child?”

“I’m asking because the same drug used to treat my failed pregnancies is the same drug that states like Texas would make illegal,” Ms McBath said. “I’m asking because if Alabama commits abortion homicide, is it miscarriage homicide?”

Ms McBath’s questions are on the minds of many Americans as abortion protections are falling in states across the country. earlier this month, Politicallyreported that a majority of five US Supreme Court Justices supported Roe v. Wade will fall in June.

Such a decision would dramatically change the landscape of abortion care in the US overnight. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that as many as 26 states are likely or certain to ban abortions should Roe fall, while a number of states have already enacted abortion bans after just six weeks of pregnancy.

There are other warning signs that women who do not carry a pregnancy to term could be prosecuted. Louisiana Republicans earlier this month tried to advance legislation that would make abortion a homicide before being hit back, while in April a south Texas county arrested a woman on homicide charges for arranging an abortion before the charges were dropped .

many observers, including Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has expressed concern that commonly used period-tracking apps could be targets for law enforcement agencies in states that also ban abortion. In some cases, women who lose their pregnancy are already treated with suspicion.

Ms McBath has experienced more than her share of personal tragedies. In 2012, her son Jordan Davis was murdered at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida by a white software developer who demanded that Mr. Davis and his friends turn down their music.

The shooter, Michael David Dunn, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Mr Davis and triple attempted murder for shooting his companions and sentenced to life in prison.

It was another shooting, the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that convinced Ms McBath to run for Congress in suburban Atlanta in 2018 when she defeated incumbent Republican Karen Handel by a single percentage point.

She beat Handel by a more comfortable margin again in 2020 and now faces a Democratic primary against center Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux after the state’s Republican-dominated redistribution process cleared a Democratic seat in the Atlanta suburbs. The Georgia primary is on Tuesday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hillary-clinton-miscarriage-lucy-mcbath-b2082987.html Hillary Clinton lashes out at the GOP for criminalizing miscarriage after lawmakers reported personal tragedy

Bobby Allyn

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