Disclaimer: This post is filled with sarcasm and the content may not reflect the views of everyone at the UI Women’s Center
Governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz) recently signed a law into existence that further limits the control women have over their own bodies when it comes to abortion. The law states that a woman is considered pregnant two weeks before conception.
Yes, you read that correctly. A fetus in Arizona is considered “conceived” before an egg is ever fertilized inside a woman’s body. Please try to wrap your brain around that for a second.
Can’t do it? That’s because it sounds as though women’s uteruses in Arizona have suddenly become time machines and there is some paradoxical, constant pregnancy happening. According to this (unethical and biologically impossible) logic, women are perpetually pregnant, provided at some point in time they have sex and a sperm makes its way to an egg. Sound crazy? It is.
This law was designed to further limit the amount of time in which a woman can proceed with an abortion. Most laws state abortions must occur before the point of viability, or when a fetus can survive on its own outside the womb. Many medical experts say this stage occurs about 22 to 26 weeks into pregnancy. The logic behind the new law is to calculate the gestational age according to the first day of the previous menstrual period, rather than the date of conception. For all intents and purposes, that is about two weeks, shortening the time frame for women to have abortions to roughly 20 weeks post actual-conception.
I am not going to get into my views on pro-life versus pro-choice. It is irrelevant for the topic at hand and a can of worms I don’t want to bust open for discussion less than two weeks prior to graduation—priorities, people, priorities. The point I’m trying to make is how scientifically and medically dishonest the wording of this bill is. As my friend Rachel so astutely said, it’s really sad when real-life headlines resemble those of The Onion.