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What is everyone's thoughts on this? Not trying to start a fight, just want opinions.

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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 http://www.examiner.com/article/new-law-arizona-states-pregnancy-begins-two-weeks-before-conception

A new law was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and was scheduled to go into effect on Thursday that has abortion advocates up in arms. The new law, titled Women’s Health and Safety Act deems a woman pregnant 2 weeks before conception.

According to Planned Parenthood of Arizona lobbyist Michelle Steinberg, the law will reduce the amount of time a legal abortion can be obtained by women. Steinberg stated that, the law is our nation’s “most extreme piece of anti-abortion legislation.”

The bill was sponsored by Arizona State Rep. Kimberly Yee. Yee is also an ardent supporter of drug testing anyone who receives welfare assistance. She is considered by some to be an “extremist”.

Steinberg explained the law by saying, “The law defines pregnancy in a way that bans abortion two weeks before the other seven states who have similar laws. It calculates gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual period rather than the date of conception.”

The law which would have gone into effect this month also now requires any women who want to have an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure. The current law will allow abortions to be performed up until the time that the fetus could “reasonably survive outside the womb”. This is around 22 to 24 weeks.

With the current law, a woman could still legally have an abortion after that time if it was to “protect the life or health of the woman”. That would no longer be the case with the new law.

Jordan Goldberg is the Center of Reproductive Rights state advocacy counsel. She spoke with the Daily Beast stating that the law “disregards women’s health in a way I’ve never seen before. The women of Arizona can’t access medical treatments that other women can.”

What do you think? Should gestational age be figured from the first day of the last menstrual cycle or from the date of conception?

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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM
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the arizona govenor is an idiot.

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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It sounds absolutely ridiculous.

" It calculates gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual period rather than the date of conception.”

It would count a period if time when a woman could not possibly be pregnant.
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The_Doodle
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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I think this is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. I can't believe that people like this are able to be in political positions. I feel sorry for the women of Arizona.

nb34
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

SMH.

MommaGreenhalge
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM
Sounds like an OB wrote that law. That's when most of them calculate the beginning of pregnancy.
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MommaGreenhalge
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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Sounds like an OB wrote that law. That's when most of them calculate the beginning of pregnancy.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Asinine

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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Why don't they just say women are born pregnant and therefore even a cell before conception is unable to be aborted.  then they can stop women who aren't even pregnant from getting a D&C for their cysts, too.  Women could be prosecuted for having their period.

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM
They ask that so they can average when you may have ovulated and conceived.
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

 

Quoting The_Doodle:

I think this is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. I can't believe that people like this are able to be in political positions. I feel sorry for the women of Arizona.

 wasn't she voted in?  the people put her in position.

 

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