Rachel wrote about Campfield’s nonsense last night, too. And she noticed something interesting. Campfield has submitted a bill (HB0807) that replicates state law 68-3-504. And when I say “replicates,” I mean “is almost word for word the same in the short form” in that it requires all miscarried pregnancies later than 22 weeks to be reported, which is the law right now.
This is an ongoing trend with the Republicans and their social issues–make repeated laws that accomplish the same thing to… to what end? A girl wonders.
And then your eye might drift to the second page of the bill and read:
(And I just have to warn you that we are about to enter a realm of such cruel jackassery that I almost cannot believe Campfield can walk around and look women in the eye.)
If the mother was married at the time of conception, birth or fetal death, or anytime between conception, birth or fetal death, to the natural father of the child, the name of the child shall be entered on the certificate as that of the natural father, except that where the mother though married has retained the mother’s maiden surname, then on sworn application of both parents, the child’s surname to be entered on the birth certificate may be the maiden surname of the child’s mother, or both surnames as the parents mutually agree.
If the mother was not married at the time of conception, birth or fetal death, or between conception and birth or fetal death, the name of the father shall not be entered on the certificate of birth, and the surname of the child shall be that of the legal surname of the mother. All information pertaining to the father shall be omitted.
Let this sink in for just a second. Remember, we’re talking about people who miscarry pregnancies that are over 22 weeks along, meaning that the fetus is either viable or just about. If you’re the father, you’ve been able to place your hands on the woman’s stomach and feel that child move. And Campfield is saying that, if that baby dies in utero, if you’re not married to the mom, you’re not legally that baby’s father. In the eyes of the state, you didn’t lose anything.
Imagine this. Let’s say you have a woman you’re deeply in love with and you find out you’re getting shipped to Iraq. You ask her to marry you upon your return. While you’re overseas, she calls to tell you that the last night you spent together resulted in her being pregnant. Now you’re even more excited about getting home and marrying that girl.
If she miscarries, Campfield says, “Fuck you. You’re the dad of nothing.”
These are the Family Values Campfield’s trying to advance. If you’re not going to play by his rules, he wants the right to turn your personal family tragedies into a chance for him to teach you a lesson about the importance of being married.
As far as he’s concerned, a family isn’t something you decide to be; it’s something the state gets to decide to let you be. And, if you aren’t married to the woman you love before you start fucking her, you’re not a family and any kids you have with her aren’t yours. If she miscarries, Campfield doesn’t even think you’ve lost anything and he wants the law to reflect that.