Wow this one is pretty bizarre :
Representative Franklin has introduced House Bill 1, always the first measure on the House's list of issues to tackle every year since 2002. It's called the "prenatal murder" bill that would make abortion murder and in cases of miscarriage a woman would have to prove she didn't have "human involvement."
Planned Parenthood Southeast vice president Leola Reis said the bill would represent "big government intrusion" into people's personal lives.
"I think there is no reason to have the government intruding on personal and private medical decision making, how we treat women with fertility problems or how women and families choose their birth methods or when and whether to have a family," Reis said.
Reis said abortion is protected by the U.S. Constitution and is already heavily regulated by government.
Public reaction to the bill, even from people with anti-abortion views, is overwhelmingly against it.
"My wife's had a miscarriage before, it was a very traumatic thing to go through, so for somebody to say that it's their fault is pretty insulting," Andrew Hall said.
If the bill were to become law women like Hall's wife face prosecution for murder. "You know, there's all sorts of stupid laws out there but that one is about as dumb as I've ever heard," Hall said.
Michelle Giannettini of Ringgold said "I think it's totally insane, if a miscarriage happens you know, even if it's intentional it's still a miscarriage."
Sam Ward said "a miscarriage is something that happens that's not planned and that would be ludicrous to charge a woman for miscarriage."
On Representative Franklin's state web page he proclaims to be "the conscience of the Republican Caucus because he believes that civil government should return to its biblically and constitutionally defined role."
The language in his bill is so broad it could extend beyond abortion and miscarriage.
"It is so extreme it could potentially prohibit the commonly used forms of birth control, like birth control pills, IUDs, it could even stop women from accessing in vitro fertilization," Reis said.
Suzanne Ward with Georgia Right to Life said the anti-abortion group is also opposed to this bill because of how broad it's powers would be, if passed.
As of late Tuesday afternoon the bill once again failed to get out of committee and will not be on the Georgia General Assembly's calendar this year for debate and a vote.
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