Ashby mentioned this in a cartoon thread the other night but it’s worth noting again. According to a new law in Arizona, life begins on the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period. That’s right — life begins before life begins.
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.
Jan Brewer signed this into law. In Arizona, you’re considered a person before your parents have even had sex — or in some cases before they’ve even met!
While, yes, they’re only saying that life begins at that point if there’s a subsequent conception later on. But still. This is seriously bending the laws of physics and nature in order to subjugate and oppress women.
I’ve said a gazillion times. Arizona is now ground zero for far-right insanity. Sorry, Kansas, Alabama and Texas. Arizona is the King of the Cuckoo’s Nest.