Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bloggers Bring Down Bill

A Chesapeake, Virgina lawmaker withdrew House Bill 1677 after he recived more than 500 emails, fuled for the most part by blogs and bloggers. The bill, which would have required women to report to law enforcement officials fetal deaths which occurred without medical attendance, was meant to apply to situations where mothers abandon newborns and allow coroners to determine whether the baby was born dead or alive. However, the bill was so broadly worded as to apply to a woman having a miscarriage before the point of viablilty and imposed criminal penalties.

Democracy for Virginia
Delegate to withdraw HB 1677 (Augusta Free Press)
Del. Cosgrove pulls bill after Internet fuels fiery protest ( Online)

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