Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill on May 7 that would ban ending pregnancies after 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy, when the heartbeat of the fetus can be detected.
And, in addition to putting women who seek to end their pregnancies in jail, the bill would also allow for women who are deemed responsible for their own miscarriages to be sentenced with a second degree of taking away one’s life. The sentence for that could be anywhere between 10 to 30 years.
Georgia prosecutors would be allowed to investigate in order to determine if a woman is “responsible” for her miscarriage, and usage of alcohol and drugs have been cited as ways a woman could potentially be held responsible for her miscarriage under the bill.
Many doctors have since spoken out, and they say that the bill defies science, because it’s impossible to determine the cause of an early miscarriage.
Between 10% to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and, despite this, the medical community has still been unable to point out exactly what causes it. This is especially the case for miscarriages that occur during the first-trimester. The bill, however, still suggests that a woman could be responsible for it, even though it’s IMPOSSIBLE to know what causes the miscarriage.
So this means that prosecutors attempting to determine if a woman is “responsible” for causing the miscarriage would have no real evidence to prove it.
Around half of the early pregnancy losses happen because of random occurrences, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Even though smoking, caffeine intake, and alcohol intake have been studied as potential risk factors for miscarriages, researchers still can’t make definitive conclusions about the causes of pregnancy loss.
However, it’s also important to note that Thyroid disease, diabetes, and uterus and cervix problems can also increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage.