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-Arizona Law Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

by Dr. D ~ April 14th, 2012

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   (Governor Jan Brewer -Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From LifeSiteNews.com:

PHOENIX, April 13, 2012 – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday signed a new state law banning abortion after 20 weeks based both on the pain suffered by the unborn child and the health risks posed to the mother.

HB 2036, called “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act,” bans abortion after 20 weeks since a woman’s last menstruation, except in cases of medical emergencies. Another provision of the law requires abortionists to have hospital privileges at a facility within 30 miles of the surgical abortion site.

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Response: This is real progress for the pro-life movement. This measure protects both the mother and the child particularly when it comes to emergency situations. Most Americans should be in favor of restricting late-term abortions since it has been scientifically proven that fetuses experience pain and suffering after 20 weeks.

The pro-life movement should dedicate a lot of resources into supporting similar measures all across America. Already seven states have some kind of laws addressing fetal pain. I believe that this one goes further in protecting the mother.

It may not be possible to do away with abortion in America due to the present cultural climate and legal precedence but measures like this would go along way towards reducing painful barbaric late-term abortions and emergency situations which kill far more woman in America than anyone wants to admit.            *Top

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2 Responses to -Arizona Law Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

  1. Vincent P.Lacey

    The context of the article is fair, however to call this law a protection against late term abortions is not accurate. This bill was and is violation of the woman’s rights when it comes to basic principles of individual rights. The law was structured not medical liabilities, but on one persons personal belief. Abortion is historically a bad idea, but history shows that when restrictions are placed the potential for lack of proper medical care, danger to the mother and fetus go up. The vast majority of majority of restrictions on abortion or even pregnancy prevention are detrimental to the woman and her healthcare. I do not believe the state should have passed this law. I believe that there are better ways to provide the healthcare to the mother. I get concerned when politicians begin to be concerned about the morality of an issue from their religious point of view. They represent the overall community and should be insuring that all medical, social, and economic programs enhance the well being of mother and fetus. It should be noted that Arizona is poor in aiding and caring of children, especially those who are poor.

  2. Dr. D

    Vincent, thanks for your informed input. I am sure the courts will end up deciding whether the new law is really a “violation of the woman’s rights.”

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