‘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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You actually are considered pregnant once ur period starts! If u don't believe it Google it! 2weeks after ur period str arts that's when u ovulate...which is the only way u can conceive... when u go yo the dr n find out ur pregnant they always go back to the first day of ur last period which is how they tell u how many weeks u r

did she just say google it, as if google is the authority?! so if my calculations are correct, we are pregnant 12 times a year, whether we have intercourse or not...even though in order to become PREGNANT you have to have SEX so that the sperm can fertilize the egg. did your mom never sit you down and have the birds and the bees talk?? sweetheart, either you are delusional or you are talking about immaculate conception-which one is it?

+1. 

Miss P said:

did she just say google it, as if google is the authority?! so if my calculations are correct, we are pregnant 12 times a year, whether we have intercourse or not...even though in order to become PREGNANT you have to have SEX so that the sperm can fertilize the egg. did your mom never sit you down and have the birds and the bees talk?? sweetheart, either you are delusional or you are talking about immaculate conception-which one is it?

public assistance a privilege and not a right? heifer i pay taxes so therefore im privy to every goddamn thing this country offers..and yall wonder why im moving out this shithole

gotta disagree w/ you tone. i can give a s*** less what anyone persons do with their body. just like i believe all drugs should be legalized.  we have the power of choice supposedly in this country, however our decisions are policied to benefit a certain sector of govt. 'police state'

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

what???

I didn't even know they had bootleg Google....you should save up for the real thing. SMH

Since the exact date of conception cannot be pinpointed, doctors use the day of the woman's last menstrual period to gauge the duration of a pregnancy. The method does not provide an exact date.  HOWEVER, this does not mean you  are pregnant once your period starts......maybe once it's MISSED. 

Parents teach your children about sex ed.

You are not pregnant until the sperm meets the egg. Im sorry but there was only one Mary and Joseph. And as far as the "abortion should be illegal" people who think like that 9/10 will never have to make the decision of having an abortion. Just like 2pac said "and since we cant have one we have no right to tell a woman when and where to create one" becoming a mother is the hardest job period and at the end of the day, once a woman bears a child, she is the ONLY one responsible for it. This law is stupid women should have their choice
Lol I guess so. The bleeding from our periods must be the miscarrage *shrugs*

MissMidwest said:
+1. 

Miss P said:

did she just say google it, as if google is the authority?! so if my calculations are correct, we are pregnant 12 times a year, whether we have intercourse or not...even though in order to become PREGNANT you have to have SEX so that the sperm can fertilize the egg. did your mom never sit you down and have the birds and the bees talk?? sweetheart, either you are delusional or you are talking about immaculate conception-which one is it?

This!!!!! I say this ALL the time!! Birth control should be free and accessible to any woman who has begun or gone thru puberty! This country is so backwards.

Rad said:

I loathe that creature Jan Brewer. I never understand the logic to anti-abortion, anti-Birth control, and anti-Welfare advocates. You don't want people to get access to birth control. When those people get pregnant, you don't want them to get an abortion. And when those same people can't afford the kids they were forced to have, you try to limit their access to welfare. It infuriates me when women are the one's trying to limit other women's reproductive rights.

She is def a betrayer of women. I have my own feelings about abortion but this is obviously intended to discourage promiscuity. It isn't up to her. 

There is a country in Europe that I shall not Google that has legalized all drugs, in fact they will give you drugs, the only thing they regulate is WHERE you can do drugs. For example, I believe they had a problem with kids finding needles near the tot lot. So the government said "We will give you drugs but you have to use them here on this side of the park" and that part of the parks just became the drug lot and no one went near there. Of course the government issued drugs lessened dosage in attempt to wean addicts off of drugs but think of all the gang violence that would drop if we did that here.

blackfujones said:

gotta disagree w/ you tone. i can give a s*** less what anyone persons do with their body. just like i believe all drugs should be legalized.  we have the power of choice supposedly in this country, however our decisions are policied to benefit a certain sector of govt. 'police state'

Tone said:

 Nothing wrong with this law abortion should be illegal. 

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