Arizona, women are now legally pregnant two weeks before conception,
according to a new law, the Orwellianly-named, “Women’s Health and
Safety Act,” signed yesterday by Republican Governor Jan Brewer.
The scientifically, medically, ethically, and intellectually dishonest
legislation is designed to reduce the amount of time a woman is allowed
to have a legal abortion, and is one of the most draconian bills to
become law in America.
The bill was sponsored by extremist Arizona State Rep. Kimberly Yee, (image, right) who last month penned an op-ed titled, “No drug test, no welfare.” Yee wrote:
States have an obligation to hold those on public
assistance accountable for their actions. Receiving a public benefit is a
privilege, not a right. The debate on drug testing welfare recipients
is simply about the responsible use of tax dollars.
It’s unclear where in the U.S. constitution it states that the states
“have an obligation to hold those on public assistance accountable for
READ: AZ Legislature Passes “Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception” Bill
“Planned Parenthood of Arizona lobbyist Michelle Steinberg called the
law the country’s ‘most extreme piece of anti-abortion legislation’.”
the Tucson Citizen reported:
She said the law defines pregnancy in a way that bans
abortion two weeks before the other seven states with similar laws,
because it calculates gestational age starting with the first day of the
last menstrual period rather than the date of conception.
During the hearings on the bill, doctors said many women don’t
discover their fetus has a severe or life-threatening problem until an
ultrasound at about the 20th week. The doctors — and several women who
had faced this issue — testified that this law would arbitrarily cut off
the right for these women to have an abortion.
“My heart goes out to the families that will be impacted,” Steinberg
said. “Women are being forced to carry children that they know will end
up dying within hours of birth.”
The bill signed into law Thursday makes other changes to abortion
regulations, including the requirement of an ultrasound 24 hours before
the procedure. The law becomes effective 90 days after the Legislature
ends its session, which is likely to occur later this month.
Current law allows abortions up until the point of viability, when a
fetus could reasonably survive on its own outside the womb. That’s
considered by many medical experts and abortion clinics to be from 22 to
24 weeks. Current law also allows abortions beyond that to protect the
“life or health of the woman” but doesn’t define health.
The Daily Beast adds:
The stipulation likely to be most widely felt is what
experts are calling an effective shutdown of medication abortions. These
nonsurgical abortions are usually performed within the first nine weeks
of pregnancy, and account for between 17 and 20 percent of all
abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-rights
advocacy group. While women often take the pills at clinics and in their
homes, the bill now mandates that a medical provider must have hospital
privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place. Many
times clinics or homes are not within 30 miles of hospitals, and the
distance prevents providers from other cities or even states from caring
for women, says Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute. Another
factor that could contribute to what Nash called a “shutdown” of
medication abortions is that the law requires abortion pills to be
administered using outdated protocols, confusing providers and obscuring
proper use of the drugs.
While it becomes the seventh state to pass such legislation in the
past two years, many Arizonans believe theirs is the most restrictive
and sinister because of the degree to which it will legislate health
care, thwart evidence-based medicine, and shame women. One in three
women will have an abortion before age 45 according to Guttmacher, and
more than half of those women already have a child.
The law “disregards women’s health in a way I’ve never seen before,”
said Center for Reproductive Rights’ state advocacy counsel, Jordan
Goldberg. “The women of Arizona can’t access medical treatment that
other women can.”
Other parts of the law includes education in public schools
prioritizing birth and adoption, signs throughout health-care facilities
warning against abortion “coercion,” and an order for the state health
department to create and maintain a website touting alternatives to
abortion and displaying images of fetuses. Also required is abortion
counseling for women aiming to abort pregnancies due to fetal
abnormalities, and if the abnormality is certain to be fatal, the
counseling incorporates perinatal hospice information before ending the
pregnancy. It reaffirms existing barriers to access, like the
requirement of a notarized parental consent form for minors and a
mandatory ultrasound screening within 24 hours of having an abortion.
State Rep. Kimberly Yee, the sponsor of the House bill, which passed
Monday, said she acted with her constituents in mind, adding that many
of them feel it “doesn’t go far enough.”
Apparently, Rep. Kimberly Yee believes women should be in a perpetual state of pregnancy.