Monday, August 27, 2012

Arizona Passes "Egg-Drop" Bill

This is really appalling:
Arizona‘s Legislature yesterday afternoon passed three harsh anti-abortion bills, including one that defines pregnancy as being two weeks before conception. Known in some circles as the “egg drop” bill, lawmakers apparently believe they are more knowledgable than physicians at determining gestational age. The attempt to redefine pregnancy of course is to reduce the legal window of when a woman may have an abortion. Arizona Republican “pro-life” Governor Jan Brewer would not comment on her intent to sign or veto the bill.
That's not a typo, nor is it a joke. Arizona is imposing a law that says pregnancy begins when when you have your last period, ladies:
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.
A commenter on several previous posts taking Chris Gibson to task for his waffling on the choice issue, said that this is a matter of settled law, and that we should get back to discussing what the Romney campaign wants to talk about the economy. Instead we're wasting valuable time talking about things the Romney campaign would prefer not to discuss silly things like women's issues.

Well, that's not going to happen this election cycle, as the GOP has come to find out. The Obama campaign has been absolutely masterful when it comes to shining a bright light on the backwards platform of the GOP (Missouri senate candidate Congressman Todd Akin was only saying out loud what the party platform says in writing). I expect this to continue right up until November 6.

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