Arizona lawmakers passed a bill defining life as beginning two week before conception.
John Celock at HuffPost puts it nicely:
"A sentence in the bill defines gestational age as "calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman," which would move the beginning of a pregnancy up two weeks prior to conception."
Brought to you by the Republican party, people who want less government control and interference over our personal lives. It's a good thing they want less government control and interference in our personal lives. What if those good folks wanted more control?
They're only limiting themselves to this one matter. They don't want more interference or controls over who buys, owns, carries or shoots a gun because that's a God given right, unlike what's happening in a woman's body. What's happening in a woman's body is the legislators' business but shooting someone? That's God's work.
It certainly is not the woman's right to know what's happening in her body, either. Arizona also passed a bill that protects physicians from being sued for medical malpractice if they withhold information from a woman that might cause her to think about having an abortion. Of course, Arizona isn't on the cutting edge on this one, since nine other states already have such a law.
Being pregnant could be a reason for a woman to think about having an abortion. I'm not a woman so I can only fantasize about reasons that might provoke her to think about having an abortion. How about being a rape victim? What about already having three kids, no money and no health insurance? So she goes to the doctor, and he, knowing her situation, tells her, "No, you're not pregnant. You're just gaining weight, retaining water and changing body shapes. Now here are some dietary and exercise restrictions to help you cope with these changes. Come back and see me in two weeks."
The woman, reading these, might ask, "How long will I need to follow these?"
The question becomes, how smart is this woman? How smart is this doctor? He's thinking, if I ask her when she last had her period, then she might figure out that it has something to do with her menstrual cycle. Does she know what a menstrual cycle is? Probably not...she is a woman....
But doesn't that open up a whole new range of problems? If a woman can figure out that she's not having a period so she might be pregnant, that might be a reason for her to want an abortion. Two recent news items are related to this: puberty is starting earlier, and a 10 year old girl just had a baby. So young girls may now become pregnant.
Abstinence is the answer, some may say, but I think knowledge is the answer. If women know sex can cause pregnancy, and they know their period has something to do with being pregnant, then that information should be withheld from them because knowing about sex and their menstrual cycles might cause them to realize they might be pregnant and think about having an abortion.
Really, then, the problem is women thinking and having knowledge. Therefore, women's learning must be controlled so they aren't exposed to any knowledge about the human body, social customs regarding sex, or having children. They should also not have conversations with people who might mention sex, periods, pregnancy, or menstrual cycles. Arizona and these other states will need to set up chaperones in bars, homes, hotels, and other places where men and women talk, so conversations and activities can be monitored to prevent men and women from talking about sex or having sex because then the women might think, if I have sex, I might become pregnant, and if I become pregnant, I might think about having an abortion.
But wait a second. A woman's financial situation can also cause her to think about having an abortion, if she's poor and without healthcare.
Maybe woman should not know be allowed to know about their finances, either.
This whole situation opens up some potential problems in the Stand Your Ground laws. Doctors might want to start packing heat because a woman, after she discovers she's pregnant when her doctor told her she wasn't, might want to come back and shoot the bastard. Feeling threatened, he could go ahead and shoot her right away. It would be his right under Stand Your Ground laws.
But then he would be convicted for taking a human life, the fetus inside her. The child wasn't threatening him so he didn't have a right to kill that child.
So if I was a doctor and I realized a woman might be pregnant, I think the best thing to do would be refer her to someone else.
There is a logical and reasonable way out of this. If all women become lesbians, then the chance of them becoming pregnant and thinking about having an abortion would be much smaller.
So there it is. Arizona and those other nine states need to start working on that law. Because after all, being a lesbian is a choice. Just ask one.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com