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Maryland’s Abortion Bill and the Definition of Perinatal Death

AN ACT
SENATE BILL 669

Maryland Senate introduced a bill which, if passed, will purportedly protect reproductive decisions made by “pregnant persons” and those providing “abortive care”. There is, however, some concern over a particular clause within it.

HISTORY
The bill is titled, “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022”. It is an antipode to a number of more restrictive pieces of legislation being enacted by conservative states. The Maryland General Assembly indicates that the “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act” is crosslinked with House Bill 626 which was introduced and read for the first time January 31, 2022. It was scheduled for a hearing on March 11, 2022 which was canceled.

House Bill 626 —
https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0626?ys=2022RS

ChamberCalendar DateLegislative DateAction
House1/31/20221/31/2022First Reading Health and Government Operations
Text – First – Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022
House2/17/20222/17/2022Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.

The bill’s introduction and first reading in the Maryland Senate was February 4, 2022. A hearing was scheduled for February 23, 2022 which was canceled and rescheduled for March 15, 2022. That hearing was also canceled.

Senate Bill 669 —
https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/SB0669?ys=2022RS

ChamberCalendar DateLegislative DateAction
Senate2/04/20222/04/2022First Reading Judicial Proceedings
Senate2/08/20222/08/2022Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
Text – First – Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022
Senate2/22/20222/22/2022Hearing canceled
Senate2/22/20222/22/2022Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate3/14/20223/14/2022Hearing canceled

SPONSORS
Senate Bill 669 sponsor is listed as Senator Smith
House Bill 626 sponsors are listed as follows:

Senate Bill 669 / House Bill 626 2022 Sponsors https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB626/2022

SUMMARY
There is controversy over the contents of this legislation. Here is a summary:

Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/sb/sb0669f.pdf#26

DETAILS
The controversy is over a clause under paragraph H, subparagraph 2.
The text reads as follows:

(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.

Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/sb/sb0669f.pdf#26

The operative word being: PERINATAL

There is no definition within Senate Bill 669, “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022” or Senate Bill 837 for the term PERINATAL.

There is a definition for PERINATAL within Laws of Maryland, Chapter 337.

Public Health – Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – Implicit Bias Training and
Study https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2020RS/Chapters_noln/CH_337_hb0837t.pdf

Section 1, Article – Health – General
§ 20–1305 defines perinatal as follows:

§ 20–1305

(A) (1) IN THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING WORDS HAVE THE MEANINGS INDICATED.

(3) “PERINATAL CARE” MEANS THE PROVISION OF CARE DURING PREGNANCY, LABOR, DELIVERY, AND POSTPARTUM AND NEONATAL PERIODS.

As indicated, perinatal includes delivery, postpartum and neonatal periods.

There is no definition in Senate Bill 669 or Senate Bill 837, “Public Health – Maternal Mortality and Morbidity – Implicit Bias Training and Study” regarding “NEONATAL” or “NEONATE”.

According to the National Library of Medicine a neonate is a baby 4 weeks old or younger.

MedLine Plus NEONATE https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002271.htm

According to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health a neonate is defined as the “first month of life“.

Barring any other definition within Maryland law which contradicts the definition of PERINATAL in Senate Bill 837 and the NIH or National Library of Medicine definition of a NEONATE, it would appear that Senate Bill 669 would prevent investigation or penalties for anyone involved in ending a pregnancy at any stage, including up to 28 days or “the first month” after delivery.

This, of course, needs confirmation.

HOWEVER…. to further confuse things, there is this clause:
20–208.
(A) An abortion must be performed by a licensed physician.
(B) THIS SECTION MAY NOT BE CONSTRUED TO APPLY TO A PREGNANT PERSON WHO TERMINATES THE PERSON’S OWN PREGNANCY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Right after that there is this clause:
20–209.
(b) (1) THE STATE MAY NOT INVESTIGATE OR PENALIZE A PREGNANT PERSON FOR TERMINATING THE PERSON’S OWN PREGNANCY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, the State may not interfere with the decision of a [woman] PREGNANT PERSON to terminate [a] THE PERSON’S OWN pregnancy:
(1) Before the fetus is viable; or
(2) At any time during the [woman’s] PERSON’S OWN pregnancy, if:
[(i)] 1. The termination procedure is necessary to protect the life or health of the [woman] PERSON; or
[(ii)] 2. The fetus is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality

EXPLANATION: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

STATUS
At this time, the Maryland General Assembly site shows both the House Bill (626) and Senate Bill (669) as “Referral to CMTE”.

MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY – Senate Bill 669 STATUS

MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY – House Bill 626 STATUS


If passed, this legislation is expected to take effect October 1, 2022.

Given the lack of clarity in the current iteration of this bill, this one should be watched as it progresses through the legislative process.

Words mean things. It is important to establish definitions. It’s a matter of life and death. Really.

SOURCES
Senate Bill 669:

DON’T BOTHER READING THE BILL HERE…..
IT IS LIKELY TO CHANGE AS IT IS STILL IN COMMITTEE.

GO DIRECTLY TO THE MARYLAND STATE LEGISLATION WEBSITE


Maryland’s Abortion Bill and the Definition of Perinatal Death



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Small Fringe Minority?

Has the Canadian PM reached peak ad absurdum?


Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, referring to members of the trucker convoy en route to Ottawa to redress grievances regarding his vaccine mandate said, “The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa are holding unacceptable views that they’re expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values as a country.”

https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-says-freedom-truckers-a-small-fringe-minority-with-unacceptable-views

Setting aside the most glaringly obvious reference to wrong-think of this decade, “unacceptable views”, the remainder begs the question of Prime Minister Trudeau – does he believe:

Tens of thousands (likely more) are a small, fringe minority?
Over $10 million as of this writing is a small, fringe minority?
This gathering in sub-freezing temperatures is a small, fringe minority?
Supporters lining the highways, roads and overpasses are a small, fringe minority?

If the answer is yes then, dear cousins to the north, we have indeed reached peak absurdity. For your Prime Minister’s, and others’ edification, of course:

Freedom Convoy 2022 Official Website Canada Unity – Bearhug
Freedom Convoy 2022 FB Canada Unity – Convoy for Freedom
Parliament Hill Webcam Ottawa News
Trucking for Freedom: Documentary — upload your footage

UPDATE: As of 4-Feb-2022 The current balance of the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign has been closed. https://medium.com/gofundme-stories/update-gofundme-statement-on-the-freedom-convoy-2022-fundraiser-4ca7e9714e82

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Convoy 2022 History in the Making Way to go Canada

Official Convoy Rally Song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDzHtBZO5wE
UK Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10456147/Justin-Trudeau-flees-secret-location-50-000-Freedom-Convoy-truckers-hit-Ottawa.html

The World News:
https://theworldnews.net/ca-news/truck-convoy-updates-vehicles-jam-downtown-ottawa-police-chief-warns-weekend-will-be-fluid-risky-and-significant

Rebel news:
https://www.bitchute.com/video/lva1IiVkO5A

Action4Canada:
https://action4canada.com/

Donald Trump Jr – Heroic Truck Drivers Stand Up to Medical Tyranny!


Small Fringe Minority?


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Alesandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

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Human Corpses Reanimate

It's getting weird out there

This one has to be a joke, right? Right?

We all have seen the CDC blog post on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Well, of course, that was done in jest but with the popularity of Hollywood television and movies on all things zombie why not capitalize on the interest in such a topic? And for those who think anything is possible, why not get those interested in such entertainment to prepare as well? If it means another family will not need saving by the government or first responders for whatever type of emergency, all the better.

Well, now it’s getting ridiculous. Embedded deep within Amazon Web Services terms of service under section 42.10 is the following paragraph:

42.10. Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/

Yes, you read that correctly. Now, stop reading this blog and click on the link for yourself. Go. Now!

When the new tab opens on the AWS website use Ctrl-F to Find section 42.10. Or search in your browser using “Find in page” for the word ‘flesh’. It shouldn’t be anywhere else in the terms of service.

What on earth is such a clause doing in the terms of service for AWS?
Are they simply allowing for all possible contingencies?
After all, CDC’s blog post on zombie apocalypse preparedness is still up. https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

After the last couple of years, and the current state of affairs worldwide devolving into an authoritarian nightmare, sometimes you just never know.

Maybe they are the smart ones.
Maybe they know something we don’t (yet).

Let’s hope someone was having a laugh because at this point…. I just don’t know anymore.

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