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Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception - There Is No Spoon - 04-09-2012 01:08 PM
A new bill up for vote in the state of Arizona would ban abortions for some expectant mothers, but that’s only the start of what lawmakers have in store. If the legislation passes, the state will consider a child to exist even before conception.
Under Arizona’s H.B. 2036, the state would recognize the start of the unborn child’s life to be the first day of its mother’s last menstrual period. The legislation is being proposed so that lawmakers can outlaw abortions on fetuses past the age of 20-weeks, but the verbiage its authors use to construct a time cycle for the baby would mean that the start of the child's life could very well occur up to two weeks before the mother and father even ponder procreating.
The architects of the amendment say that prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks — except in cases of medical emergency — is necessary for the safety of both mother and child. By designating a life to begin weeks before even possible, however, some critics are condemning Arizona lawmakers for looking for a way to involve itself in abortion matters before it can even become an issue.
“Considering that it’s anti-choice nuts we’re talking about, it’s safe to assume that they’d simply prefer a situation where all women of reproductive age are considered to be pregnant, on the grounds that they could be two weeks from now,” RH Reality Check’s Amanda Marcotte adds in a recently-penned editorial. “Better safe than sorry, especially if that mentality means you get to exert maximum control over the bodies of women of reproductive age.”
Dear god the Republican hate is strong.
RE: Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception - azmouse - 04-09-2012 01:17 PM
It sucks as far as calculating the length of time available for abortions but pregnancy is timed from the date of the last menstrual cycle.
So a woman who says she is 8 weeks pregnant is really only 6 weeks from the time of conception.
RE: Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception - SeattleGirl - 04-09-2012 01:21 PM
And the Republicans say there is no "War on Women". Uh-huh.
RE: Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception - jaxx - 04-09-2012 03:58 PM
That is taking the old adage a gleam in your daddy's eye a bit too far. You're not pregnant until Mr. Sperm meets Ms. Egg and the two unite. The idea of some old idiot changing that rule is pure foolishness.