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Governor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Extreme New Abortion Law

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Life starts earliest in Arizona, which now defines gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman's last period, rather than at fertilization. In practice, that means the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks ->

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Kit B (276)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 5:09 pm
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Despite its name, critics derided the Women’s Health and Safety Act that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law today as cruel, dangerous, and hostile to women—likely to deter many Arizona women from seeking an abortion, and to distress those who nonetheless go through with one.

Life starts earliest in Arizona, which now defines gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization. In practice, that means the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks (20 weeks from the last menstruation) except in the case of medical emergencies. While that provision has been much discussed, abortions after that point account for only about 1 percent of the procedures currently performed.

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what Nash called a "shutdown" of medication abortions is that the law requires abortion pills to be administered using outdated protocols, confusing providers and obscuring proper use of the drugs.

by Allison Yarrow | The Daily Beast

Please read full article.


Kit B (276)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 5:13 pm

Hey, I get it, some are against abortion, and that's fine. I happen to believe a woman has a right to make decisions about her body and her life. This legislation however, now says that life effectively begins not after intercourse but at the end of the menstrual cycle. So gals in Arizona, keep your legs crossed and your panties up. Because these power crazy people are determined to dominate your body.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 5:14 pm

What's next? Stoning women in the public square?

Vallee R (280)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:21 pm
OK - this is ridiculous - you are pregnant the day you fertilize the egg - that is fact -

Ellen m (215)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:29 pm
Let's not waste our breath calling it anything other then what it really is...STUPID!
So now an unfertilized egg is already a person, or at least one in the making...
Well, I guess that makes it the CEO of all those now incorporated uteri out there, with the woman being the COO, president and largest shareholder..

For two weeks use Citizens United to wreck havoc ladies. :-)

wendy webber (28)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 3:48 am
After reading this article...I was,for a second, rendered speechless....but alas I found my voice.As my bumper sticker so proudly states; Against Abortion? Don't have one"........I am so tired of these Yahoos playing ping-pong with my eggs and my body (and every other women as well). It may surprise some people out there but women/couples have the good sense to figure out what is best for THEIR lives and circumstances. I am not sure what we need to do to to stop all of this bantering and enactment of these life strangling laws but we can't let "them" win. Any suggestions out there? I just want to tell these folks to mind their own business because MY business is not anyone else's. I know I am ranting but I am frustrated and angry.

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 9:46 am

First any woman that votes for these fascist ideas, should be an outcast. Second, get out there and make more noise then the lobbies make money. Demand that all women have the same rights and freedoms as any man. It's your body, your life, only you have the absolute right to determine what is done, or not done with and to your body.

This is all political rhetoric to appease a state over populated with crazy people, but...they are growing in number and this is how history teaches us that fascism does grow. So we FIGHT now or try to reassemble the pieces later. We can complain, fret, protest, but we they women that are being directly assaulted do not react, loudly and in one demanding voice. Then why bother to pretend you care?

There is a growing attitude, that if ain't me, I'll let it be, well babe, you are next - just read history.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 7:46 pm
Well it seems like so many of them don't want to recognize the science let alone anothers rights. So much for their small Government unless it is to invade a womans body then it can't be large enough for them. They are a bunch of hypocrites and if they were not so dangerous they'd be laughable.

Arielle S (313)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:44 am
That a woman would do this is inconceivable, and yes, Kit, she should be an outcast. It would seem to me the only answer now is no sex at all - we wouldn't want to risk an unwanted pregnancy, now would we?

Robert O (12)
Monday April 16, 2012, 10:27 am
I live in Arizona and just when I thought it wasn't humanly possible for it to lean more towards conservative extemism, Ms. Brewer pulls this stomach turning trick from her sleeve and signs it into law with her iron fist. I agree with you Dandelion. That's the thing that really gripes my guts, how the conservatives scream about the ills of big government and its interference into people's lives, yet they're all for it when it's helping them further their sexist, misogynistic agendas. Their self-importance is astounding sincein essence what they're saying is that big government is bad when they say so and it's good when they say so and they should be the ones to tell the rest of us when to like it and when to hate it. They not only want to shove their ridiculous controlling doctrines down all people throats but also cram it up into women's uteruses as well. I also agree with you Kit that she and any women that goes for laws like this should be outcasts, but Brewer is serving the will of the GOP/tea-party monster here and they worship her like she's a Messiah which I find particularly chilling. Few conservatives disagree with her and the nutjobs on the far right are calling for her to run for President come 2016! What a joke on so many levels. Thanks Kit.

Gwynethrose F (12)
Monday April 16, 2012, 11:04 am
Ye gods....okay, let me ask something this so called 'governor' going to be as radical with men as with women?? If a man masturbates, is he going to be held accountable for 'destroying a potential human life." ? If he needs Viagra, should he have to sign a paper that states the only reason he is taking this medication is to 'procreate'?? I'm sorry, folks in Arizona, but this sounds an AWFUL lot like "Sharia""" law...

cecily w (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 11:25 am
An abortion is a medical matter, and the decision should be made by the woman in consultation with her physician.
It is very dangerous to have politicians involved in making abortion laws, not only from the standpoint of individual liberty, but also because there is a very dangerous flip side.

First a little background. (1) Last year U.S. births exceeded U.S. deaths by 1.56 million ("down" from previous years). This overabundance is caused by the nearly 30% of U.S. women (and their male partners) who give birth to 3rd and higher birthorder children. (2) The U.S. population was 150 million in 1950 and is 313 million today. It is projected to reach 432 million by 2050, and half a BILLION by 2075.

What if politicians in an extremely overcrowded U.S in 2062 (only 50 years from now) are persuaded to make laws REQUIRING that pregnancies representing 3rd birth order children be aborted? I advocate population growth stabilization followed by gentle decline, but the specter of forced abortion is obscene. Once the door is open to abortion legislation, that door can swing both ways..

Monday April 16, 2012, 11:55 am
Gov Jan Brewer has run amock. I wonder wo is pulling her strings?

DORIS L (61)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:02 pm
This is crazy.

Phyllis P (237)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:17 pm
I am pro life, but this is a big much.

Phyllis P (237)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:18 pm
I meant "bit"

Lucy Bell (9)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:38 pm
I can't believe this is happening

Wayne W (12)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:49 pm
Has anyone read the text? I'm just wondering if this may be a case like when Florida accidentally and categorically outlawed sex within the state.. Does it specify that a woman is actually pregnant or just that pregnancy begins with the twinkle of the eye?

The law "thwarts evidence-based medicine". What a great phrase that is. Useful in reference to any GOP law: thwarts evidence-based science, thwarts evidence-based economics, like that. We should all use it.

Jane H (139)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:55 pm
Surely this will be declared unconstitutional by some court?

Past Member (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 2:50 pm
Another INSANE republican!

marie C (163)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:03 pm
Crazy thank you Kit

Deborah L (70)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:30 pm
Gwynenthrose: As far as I know, so far Jan Brewer has not attacked the male side of reproductive process yet, Seems they only want to pick on women. My daughter told me about this latest attack from Jan Brewer after the one about a week or so ago about anyone sending any message to anyone that might be considered offensive to others is now a crime in her state.What some people might call offensive for them is not to others and often time a term of endearment. Who is going to decide what is offensive and what isn't. I wondered if it only applies to people in her state, the whole country or the world. So from what I read, anyone, even people who the message was NOT intended for, if they read it and take offense, we can be looking for a cell in one of her states "for profit prisons" that she gets a kickback from. She should be recalled from office as she is clearly unfit to continue working as Governor.

To the people living in Arizona, you have my sympathy.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:43 pm

As far as I know the few bills(about male reproduction) presented in Arizona or any where have been soundly defeated. Of course, both the state legislatures and Congress are predominately male. Big surprise that they would vote to discriminate against women and not themselves.

There is something deeply disturbed about Jan Brewer, she just is not wired correctly.

Ken O (55)
Monday April 16, 2012, 5:52 pm
Don't you find it incredibly hypocritical that Christian "Pro-lifer's" and "get the government out of our lifer's" are always cheering on Torture and wanting the Government to poke ultrasound devices up your vagina?

Ray M (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 8:00 pm
She's one of the most despicable woman in the world. Something's wrong with those people who continue to vote for her and that creature who calls himself a sheriff. Must be the venom in the AZ water. They're all out of their friggin minds.

Gloria H (88)
Monday April 16, 2012, 10:06 pm
the solution: women who havent hit menapause and are even slightly fertile, should leave AZ. Only retirees will be living there.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday April 16, 2012, 10:58 pm
I live in AZ and write state legislators to vote against these bills; but they're all male Republicans. I even got a nasty reply from one of them, and he's now running for Gabby Giffords seat. We are suspicious of the way the votes are counted here in Pima County--there were court cases over the last one. Things are just not right. I'm guessing other counties are affected as well. Although there's a lot of hatred and craziness, there really seems to be a strong Progressive voice here, getting louder. I firmly believe that the first step we have to take is make sure those votes are correctly counted...along with getting Big Money out of politics.

All your comments about nutjob Brewski are correct. She has a poor education and was ill prepared for this job. I can't stand to watch the woman on TV. Thank you for your sympathy. I've lived here all my life; it's a beautiful state and I love it. The sunsets are wonderful. But, we women must somehow fight back. This is an attack on all of us...and I'm past my childbearing years, but I stand strong with all women.

Ellie L (0)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 4:20 am
WTF! Brewer is certifiably nuts. But worse than that she is a female misogynist! She must be recalled. Send her to a tribal country and let her just disappear. Now, corporations are people (bullshit) and a twinkle in someone's eye constitutes a pregnancy (more bullshit). Stop it already. VOTE THEM ALL OUT, so Obama and the Democrats can undo their insane laws. VOTE. It's all we have, and make sure your vote counts. Beware of snakes in the system. Bless the decent people in Arizona, and Damn the powers that be.

Tim L (86)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 6:01 am
I find it amazing that with all of the problems we have in this country (the mortgage crisis, the screwed up economy, the lack of jobs, etc, etc) the repubs are only concerned with what is going on inside a woman's womb. I sure that very soon these self-righteous fetus huggers will jump to the next level of insanity and decide that every individual sperm is a person.

Emma S (239)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 11:26 am
Am I 'pregnant' twelve times a year then???

Tony C (2)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:23 am
If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights.

Tony C (2)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 5:27 am
I can not conceive of the anguish a girl or women goes through when she decides to have an abortion. I don't believe that God wants a girl or women who has been raped to have a child of a rapist or of incest or medical complications or others to have a baby UNLESS she wants to. (HER CHOICE) It is a proven fact that SEX EDUCATION can help prevent abortions through knowledge so that women don’t get pregnant or sexually transmitted diseases that can KILL your child.
As some of you believe that life begins at conception, then you must believe that they have a soul. If a women has a miscarriage what happens to that soul? Do you think that God is so petty that aborted souls are not put back into the bodies of women that can LOVE and take care of them.
Listen up people. God did not write the Bible, men wrote the Bible and put in or took out words that would keep them in power. What happened to the other apostles. All I hear about are gospels from Matthew,Mark, Luke and John. Were there not 12? Is it not possible that some of the words that these 8 wrote contradicted these 4 and were left out. God and Jesus are all about LOVE. How dare anyone tell a woman what she can do with her own body.
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