Waldo Jaquith notes that Del. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) is taking up the cause of criminalizing miscarriages in Virginia. Waldo also mentions that Del. Cosgrove tried this stunt in 2005. This was Cosgrove’s excuse that he put in an email to me:
“This bill, which was requested by the Chesapeake Police Department, is an attempt to reduce the number of “trashcan” babies that are born and then abandoned in trashcans, toilets, or elsewhere to die from exposure or worse. There are numerous examples of these tragic deaths in Virginia, many in Northern Virginia and also in Hampton Roads. Once the body of a child is found, if the death of that child is undetermined by a coroner, the person abandoning that child can only be charged with “the improper disposal of a human body”.
This was, of course, utter bullshit. Any bets on Obenshain trotting out the same line?