Have A Miscarriage, Go To Jail
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has brought charges against Christine Hutchinson, a 22 yo Pittsburgh woman, for failure to report her spontaneous abortion to the State.
According to Mr. Zappala’s spokesman, Mike Manko, the local laws have been researched and there exists a law on the books in Allegheny County whereby a woman is to be charged with concealing the death of a child if she fails to promptly inform the State she miscarried.
I'd like to take a closer look at this law, and I encourage you to do the same. Here's the contact info for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office:
And here's the mailing address: Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, Room 303 Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. You know, just in case you have some clean pads/tampons and red ink lying around, and you want to get an early start on your miscarriage reporting.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader Lisa, we have the law:
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
CRIMES AND OFFENSES (TITLE 18)
CHAPTER 43 OFFENSES AGAINST THE FAMILY
SUBCHAPTER A - DEFINITION OF OFFENSES GENERALLY
§ 4303. Concealing death of child.
(a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree if he or she endeavors privately, either alone or by the procurement of others, to conceal the death of his or her child, so that it may not come to light, whether it was born dead or alive or whether it was murdered or not.
(b) Procedure.--If the same indictment or information charges any person with the murder of his or her child, as well as with the offense of the concealment of the death, the jury may acquit or convict him or her of both offenses, or find him or her guilty of one and acquit him or her of the other.