Proposed Law Could Legalize Infanticide

Proposed Law Could Legalize Infanticide

( – A California Democrat is pushing for a new state law she claims protects pregnant women – but could actually legalize infanticide. The bill’s wording has a loophole big enough to drive a tank through. So, what’s the real agenda here?

On February 15, California Assembly Member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) introduced Assembly Bill 2223, an amendment to the California Government Code. The bill would delete the requirement for an inquest into any death caused by an illegal abortion and ban the use of coroners’ notes as part of a prosecution case over any death of an unborn or newborn baby.

The problem is the bill explicitly prohibits holding mothers responsible for “miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death” due to their “actions or omissions.” The inclusion of death in the perinatal period, which is not clearly defined in the bill but medical personnel usually recognize it as being up to seven days after birth, is very dangerous.

As written, the bill would mean that if a mother deliberately took actions causing the death of a week-old baby, authorities couldn’t hold her responsible for the death. While Wicks probably didn’t mean the bill to protect mothers who kill their babies, that’s exactly what it does. Will California’s legislators let it go through, or will they rewrite it to close the infanticide loophole?

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