‘Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception’ Now The Law In Arizona

In 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) 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 their actions.”

“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.

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WE have to pay attention to politics and get and stay involved.  This is LUDICROUS!!!

WAIT... just to be sure I wasn't misunderstanding the process of pregnancy I looked it up---> "Conception occurs when the egg is released from the ovary at ovulation and meets (is fertilized by) the sperm waiting in the fallopian tube. One sperm burrows into the wall of the egg which signals cells to grow and develop. This is the moment of conception, occurring within about 24 hours of ovulation."

So basically Abortions are illegal PERIOD!! You can't get an abortion before you're even you're pregnant. Am I interpreting this wrong??

Most women don't even find out they are pregnant until they have a missed period which is 28-30 days later. I'm pretty sure this will be overturned.

That's stupid. So I can get pregnant BEFORE i have sex with a man.... -___- 

Let me go head and call this man and let him know before we have sex when my last period was... 

We have the welfare drug testing law in Florida and of all the people randomly tested under 5% failed, so all that law did was add another bill for tax payers to cover. Gov Scott is now trying to make drug test mandatory for state workers. And its so funny in an evil way b/c the majority of the people who voted for him are the ones being affected the most by his ridiculous laws (ahem...rednecks)

YES!! They're counting back from your last cycle.  So all abortions would be illegal.  They want you to have the baby, even if it's not going to survive, and keep it or put it up for adoption.  It's gettin' real out in the field!

Sheli said:

WAIT... just to be sure I wasn't misunderstanding the process of pregnancy I looked it up---> "Conception occurs when the egg is released from the ovary at ovulation and meets (is fertilized by) the sperm waiting in the fallopian tube. One sperm burrows into the wall of the egg which signals cells to grow and develop. This is the moment of conception, occurring within about 24 hours of ovulation."

So basically Abortions are illegal PERIOD!! You can't get an abortion before you're even you're pregnant. Am I interpreting this wrong??

Most women don't even find out they are pregnant until they have a missed period which is 28-30 days later. I'm pretty sure this will be overturned.

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

Child. Child. Child... Yeah Arizona will never be an option for us... SMH 

Is seriously dislike Arizona, the most bigoted, closed minded state, can't wait to escape from here.

@Tone are you serious? make it illegal and women will start dieing from illegal abortions. Women will continue doing abortions as they were doing it since there was a choice, legal or illegal. If women can't be in control of their bodies, men should get mandatory shots in their balls with contraceptives, so they can't get women pregnant.

There's a LOT wrong with this law, we live in a free country where the government shouldn't be able to dictate when or if I have children, especially if they are not going to have a hand and foot in raising them. There are numerous reasons women have abortions (health, psychological, emotional, financial, etc). So you mean to tell me women who are raped should be forced to carry & have the child of her attacker? Women who took the necessary precautions (birth control & condoms) but still ended up pregnant, they should be forced to have children. That's complete b*******. I guess they aren't thinking about the impact all these children will have on their beloved welfare system.

If the government started forcing men who they deemed weren't financially, emotionally, or morally fit to have children get vasectomies I bet you'd find the wrong in this law.

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

Amen! 

Sheli said:

There's a LOT wrong with this law, we live in a free country where the government shouldn't be able to dictate when or if I have children, especially if they are not going to have a hand and foot in raising them. There are numerous reasons women have abortions (health, psychological, emotional, financial, etc). So you mean to tell me women who are raped should be forced to carry & have the child of her attacker? Women who took the necessary precautions (birth control & condoms) but still ended up pregnant, they should be forced to have children. That's complete b*******. I guess they aren't thinking about the impact all these children will have on their beloved welfare system.

If the government started forcing men who they deemed weren't financially, emotionally, or morally fit to have children get vasectomies I bet you'd find the wrong in this law.

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

I'll give a fugg about your opinion when you can get pregnant.

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

Tell that to the athletes already knockin up b*shes in every state. 

Hell, tell that to our over populated country already complaining about welfare and whatnot. 

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

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