The question, via Sarah J at Alterdestiny, is "Will women be accomplices, then? Or scenes of the crime?”
Here's the context--Utah's House of Representatives is hearing a bill that "could hold physicians responsible for homicide if they perform abortions deemed illegal by the state."
Ray's bill states that, to justify an abortion, two physicians would have to separately determine a fetus has a birth defect that would prevent it from surviving outside the womb, but Hodo said it may still force women to give birth to children who have no chance of long-term survival...Mind you, it's already difficult for women in Utah to get a legal abortion, especially if they live outside of Salt Lake City. There's only one place that will do them up to the 20 week limit protected by Roe v Wade, and the informed consent laws are restrictive. But that's not enough, apparently.
The natural question that follows is, of course, what about the women who seek the abortion even if it doesn't fall into the categories outlined in the bill, i.e. are the women accomplices or crime scenes? Under the proposed legislation, the answer is obviously the latter, since they're not included under the heading of those who can be charged. You can't rightly call them victims, since they're the ones seeking the abortion and, in theory at least, paying for the service. So crime scene is all that's left, ridiculous as that is.
Come on, Utah legislators. Show a little backbone. Add in a law that would charge not only the women who seek abortions under this law, but one that will charge anyone who helps her to get one as an accessory to second degree felony criminal homicide. While you're at it, charge any woman who looks into it and doesn't qualify under the statute with attempted criminal homicide. Show the rest of the country that you do believe that women are people, and not just crime scenes. What are you afraid of?