Utah, in response to a case where a woman hired a man to punch her in the hopes that she would miscarry but couldn’t be charged under any laws at the time, has recently passed legislation that groups miscarriage under the heading of illegal abortions. The law would prosecute those who knowingly engage in risky behavior while pregnant (even if they didn’t intend for it to result in a miscarriage), which could potentially include domestic violence victims who stay with their partners. State Senator Margaret Dayton, the Republican who sponsored the bill, said that the law wouldn’t target victims, but would try to prevent other forms of illegal abortion. Still, there’s no knowing what exactly would count as risky behavior and how far the law would reach.
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