In news that is shooting like lightning across America, a new Maryland bill and its prime sponsor are receiving intense scrutiny and opprobrium.
Justly so, because the legislation could make infanticide legal in the state.
The proposal is Senate Bill 669, is plastered with the woke, bizarre title, “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022”, inspires one to wonder what kinds of “persons” other than biological FEMALES can become pregnant, and demands many serious questions that its prime sponsor, hardcore leftist Dem State Senator William C. Smith, Jr., might not want us to ask.
Lamb noted that the bill will have a hearing on March 15, and one wonders if Maryland pop media will ask any of the key questions that he and others are courageously presenting.
For example, Lamb notes:
(T)he legislation prohibits investigations and criminal prosecutions for women and medical professionals for a ‘failure to act’ in relation to a ‘perinatal death.’
Perinatal, of course, meaning, before and after birth - whether following a botched abortion attempt or not.
And Lamb adds pertinent thoughts from American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) attorney Olivia Summers:
'[T]he bill also proposes a revision of the fetal murder/manslaughter statute that would serve to handcuff the investigation of infant deaths unrelated to abortion,' American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) attorney Olivia Summers wrote in her analysis.
The bill, itself openly states (emphasis added):
(H) THIS SECTION MAY NOT BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE ANY FORM OF INVESTIGATION OR PENALTY FOR A PERSON: (1) TERMINATING OR ATTEMPTING TO TERMINATE THE PERSON’S OWN PREGNANCY; OR (2) EXPERIENCING A MISCARRIAGE, PERINATAL DEATH RELATED TO A FAILURE TO ACT, OR STILLBIRTH.
And, as Seagray reports, attorney Summers has been quick to point out that “failure to act” for a “perinatal death” can mean discarding the born child, or, in some other way, mistreating the child to the point of death.
’In other words, a baby born alive and well could be abandoned and left to starve or freeze to death,’ Summers wrote, ‘and nothing could be done to punish those who participated in that cruel death.’
And the perinatal threshold can go to 28 days after birth, as a 2020 Maryland statute outlines.
Which presents something of a problem for Senator Smith, who not only swore to uphold the Maryland Constitution, but who also swore to abide by the U.S. Constitution, which happens to include the Fourteenth Amendment, and its “Equal Protection” clause, a clause that compels all states to apply all “protective” statutes equally to all human beings.
But it only presents a problem if more people bring it up and transmit the information to others, if more people point out the astounding hypocrisy of a leftist state senator who purports to defend the defenseless from aggression and injustice, while pushing legislation that would overtly block the state from equally protecting people who are newly born.
Discerning the point at which a politician draws the line between people he claims to help, and those he disregards, is difficult.
Given Maryland State Senator Smith’s bill, one wonders if the dividing line has to do with votes and not respect for human life.