In case you missed it: 14-year-old kid is unwitting host to opportunistic growth. Growth becomes non-viable, and is summarily expelled by kid’s body while en route from New York to Houston on airliner. Kid chucks expelled tissue in trash can (What was she supposed to do with it, asks Echidne, “[wrap] it up carefully and [take] it home to show her parents?”). Homicide cops interrogate kid and teen sperm donor. Prosecutors ultimately decide not to charge kid with “wrongdoing.” Magnanimous of them.
Neither Echidne nor I can believe that a miscarriage could be construed as “wrongdoing,” and that they actually sicced the murder squad on the poor kid (well, I can sort of believe it, because it happened in Texas, where the concept of the state-owned uterus is mighty strong, podner). Quoth Echidne: “Are all women now supposed to take extreme care not to have a miscarriage in any public place, because should that happen someone will call in the homicide investigators?”
Why is this even in the news? Because even though it was just a miscarriage,* it involves scandalous dirty female sex behavior in the shape of teen pregnancy and a trash can, that’s why. People eat this sort of thing up with a spoon. I know there is plenty of entertainment value in the teen/baby/trashcan** scenario because I once saw a “Law & Order: Maimed Female Corpse Unit” episode about just that. The Twisty Institute’s pruri-ometer readings for that show were off the hook.
The 14-year-old said she didn’t know she was pregnant, and I believe it. Kids might have half a clue about the symptoms of pregnancy, or at least about the general ramifications of boinking, if these goddam antifeminist public health policies wouldn’t go around trying to pass off shit like “abstinence-only” classes and “purity pledges” as sex education.
Homicide cops, faugh. Why not just institute the Houston P.D. Criminal Uterus Unit and be done with it?
* “Just a miscarriage” in the sense that it is a physical condition, as opposed to a criminal offense.
** Yes, I am aware that in the airplane case, it was a stillborn fetus and not, as on “Law & Order,” a live baby that was later smothered to death. But I smell a decided reluctance among authority figures to admit that distinction.