by Dan Savage
on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, just signed a law—pushed by Arizona's Republican-packed legislature—that declares that life begins before conception:
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.... 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.
What was Ann Romney saying on my teevee yesterday? Something about how we need to respect the choices women make—something like that?