Arizona Law: Even If You Aren’t Pregnant, You May Be Pregnant

Champion finger-pointer and Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer has signed into law disturbing legislation that assumes life begins before pregnancy, nullifying the basic understanding of biology that most people learned in 10th grade and setting a new standard for extremist anti-choice law.

The new law bans abortions after 20 week of gestation, depriving women of access to a  procedure often performed out of medical necessity. The law states that the 20 weeks begin to toll at the start of the last menstruation cycle before conception. So if a woman conceives on the 14th day of her menstruation cycle, under Arizona law she’s been pregnant for two weeks already. That further limits a women’s options.

The law will require physicians who perform abortions to hold medical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the site of the procedure, which effectively bans many doctors from performing abortions at all. In many rural areas in states like Arizona, doctors travel to different clinics. In some places, there is no hospital within 30 miles. The hospital credentialing requirement also limits women’s access to the full range of medical services because only doctors with such admitting privileges will be allowed to prescribe mifepristone, or RU-486, to terminate a pregnancy in the first trimester. This method is used in about 20% of cases and in the privacy of a woman’s home.

According to Jordan Goldberg of the Center for Reproductive Health:

“[The Arizona law] disregards women’s health in a way I’ve never seen before. The women of Arizona can’t access medical treatment that other women can.”

The war on women is raging in Arizona.