Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills Tuesday afternoon, including one that declares pregnancies in the state begin two weeks before conception.[Emphasis all mine]
UPDATE: Jan Brewer signed these bills into law today. 04/13/2012
Arizona woman are about to be pregnant even when they aren’t. Sex is no longer a requirement for pregnancy, because you could still get pregnant. This goes even further than personhood–there isn’t even a swimmer on the calendar.
What will Perpetual Pregnancy do to the legal use of birth control pills? [Cue Monty Python’s “Every Sperm Is Sacred“.]
The outrageousness of pregnancy before conception is a boon to the anti-choice groups. As more and more unbelievable bills are written, voted on, voted for, and signed into law, the shock value lessens. 18 weeks makes 20 weeks more reasonable. Giving the doctor the legal right to withhold information makes requiring the doctor to give too much information reasonable.
Abortion is a legal right (see Roe vs Wade). The anti-choice* groups started chipping away at Roe vs Wade since they lost the case. They’ve learned that a jackhammer makes more headlines–and makes the sound of a hammer easy to tune out.
After all, 20 weeks is much more reasonable than 18.
Note: Anti-choice groups are made up of a large percentage of men, who can never understand any part of pregnancy, and women who refuse to admit they made–or will make–a choice to continue their pregnancy. Sarah Palin–who is rapidly anti-choice–publicly stated she chose to continue her pregnancy after finding out the baby had Down’s Syndrome. Sarah made a choice. While Rick Santorum has no uterus, he claims he and his wife chose to continue her last pregnancy, knowing the baby had Trisome’s and was unlikely to live to her first birthday. (Bella is three.)
Even the bumper sticker sentiment is an oxymoron: Choose Life. Ignorant minds don’t grasp the point they are making. Choosing not to have an abortion is a choice. I chose not to have an abortion four times. I was pregnant four times. I gave birth four times. I made my choices. I want every woman to have the choice–even the women who want to take it away.
- Arizona Legislature Declares: Pregnancy Begins Before Conception (lezgetreal.com)
- War on Women: AZ Gov. Brewer Signs Radical Anti-Abortion Bill (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Arizona “Pregnant Before Sex” Law Not The Worst Law (lezgetreal.com)
- Why Arizona’s New Anti-Abortion Bill Is Worse Than It Seems (thinkprogress.org)