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How do you feel about Arkansas law banning abortions at 12 weeks?

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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Abortions at 12 Weeks Should Never Be Illegal

by Maressa Brown

ultrasoundWhen it comes to abortion laws, there's absolutely no consensus on what we all as Americans feel is appropriate. But in Arkansas this week, state lawmakers have decided they know what's best -- passing a law that prohibits abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by an abdominal ultrasound. Even after Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, called it "blatantly unconstitutional" and vetoed it. Now the state has what will be by far the country's most restrictive ban on abortion.

To be fair, it's a very hazy issue on which even people who consider themselves pro-choice find themselves grappling with. When should it simply be just too late to terminate a pregnancy? I'd argue that 12 weeks is far too early. Fetal heartbeat or not, there is a need for abortions to be legal that "late in the game."

While 88 percent of all abortions are obtained within the time period Arkansas is specifying, a post-12 week abortion should not be out of the question for various reasons ...

  1. Some women may not even recognize that they are pregnant until the pregnancy is advanced beyond that time frame -- due to irregular menstruation, thinking they're in menopause, believing they cannot become pregnant for various reasons (breastfeeding, undergoing medical treatment), or having their pregnancies initially misdiagnosed by physicians (it happens!).
  2. There are also instances where there are serious medical complications -- pregnant women are susceptible to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, severe depression, addictions, and other serious health problems. Surgery, X-rays, chemotherapy, or other treatment vital to a woman's health or life may come to a halt once the pregnancy is discovered. A woman might choose abortion if a continued pregnancy would worsen her condition and/or threaten her life, or if she requires further treatments that may damage a developing fetus. 
  3. A fetus could have severe abnormalities, like an undeveloped brain, a severe metabolic disorder, or no working kidney. She may wish to end the pregnancy rather than give birth to a child who will suffer and die in infancy or who will have severe disabilities. Unfortunately, the results of amniocentesis, one of the most important prenatal diagnostic tests, are generally not available until the 15th or 16th week of pregnancy, thus delaying the abortion decision.

These are just a few of a whole slew of scenarios that could influence a woman to seek an abortion after this inane deadline that Arkansas lawmakers are setting. And these scenarios are exactly why the limit established by Supreme Court gives women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb -- which is usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy. 

That said, it's hopeful that the Arkansas law is going to be found unconstitutional and overturned ASAP. (The ACLU is already gearing up to sue.) Because of course no one would wish any of the above on anyone, but live can take some unexpected turns, and Arkanas women deserve their constitutional right to do what's right for them and their fetus.

How do you feel about this law?

by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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lga1965
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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 Since I am pro-choice and I think the Government---Federal and State---needs to stay away from personal decisions, of course I disagree with them.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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I think it is a waste of time and resources to create and implement a law that will be stricken as not constitutional.
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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

 What I don't understand is most Pro-lifer's opinions on abortion regarding when it is or isn't ok.

Why is it ok before 12 weeks? or Why is it ok (politicians say this all the time) in cases of rape or incest?  Is it murder or not?

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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Another Republican law that'll certainly create jobs.

Add Arkansas to the list of states that have lost their minds and are competing with AZ and NM and TX for being the most wingnut of states.

What a waste of time and resources.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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Every woman should have this choice, regardless of circumstances.

At least up to a certain point in the pregnancy.  Which point in the pregnancy that is, I can't answer.

I would hope that by the end of the first trimester women would be aware of their decision.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I agree with you.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Every woman should have this choice, regardless of circumstances.

At least up to a certain point in the pregnancy.  Which point in the pregnancy that is, I can't answer.

I would hope that by the end of the first trimester women would be aware of their decision.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I agree with you.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Every woman should have this choice, regardless of circumstances.

At least up to a certain point in the pregnancy.  Which point in the pregnancy that is, I can't answer.

I would hope that by the end of the first trimester women would be aware of their decision.

There is another thread on this topic and it got me thinking............

I am indeed pro choice and as I stated, I do feel every woman should be able to make the choice for an elective abortion, no matter how the pregnancy came about.

But I've always assumed there was a point where such an elective procedure was not legally allowed.  I know that, many years ago, when I was 17 and had an abortion, once you were past your first trimester you could not have an elective abortion.   

Perhaps I am not as educated on this aspect as I thought and my assumptions were wrong.  

I am now thinking that perhaps, just perhaps, some who are pro choice mean that all the way through the pregnancy, for an elective abortion with no other reason?  


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Angry and hopeful it was written poorly enough to be easily struck down.
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littlemonaghan
by Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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I think it is wrong 100% of the time...for me.

What another woman does with her uterus and baby is her business.

For me, it's murder whether it is 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks. I see it as wrong all the time.

But that is for ME.

in still unsure what a bunch if mostly male politicians are doing deciding what women should do with their reproductive organs.

Didn't really think it was the governments place to say such things.....
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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For me I wouldn't have an abortion but that's not my choice to make for others...

What do I think? I think I didn't even know I was pregnant until 12 weeks with my son.
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