Arizona to ban abortions after 20 weeks

Gov. Brewer signs Arizona bill with 20-week abortion ban

Fox News: Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed legislation making Arizona the latest  state that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Republican-sponsored legislation also institutes new disclosure mandates  that include requiring the state have a website with images of fetuses at  various stages of development for women to view.

The 20-week abortion ban does not apply in medical emergencies, and it would  affect a tiny percentage of abortions performed in Arizona.

Critics argued that the 20-week deadline would likely prevent timely  diagnosis of anomalies in the fetus.  Supporters disputed that. They also said risks to women’s health increase  after 20 weeks, and they said a fetus can feel pain after that point in  development.

Brewer signed the bill two days after House approval completed final  legislative action.  She said in a statement that the bill “strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting  the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the preborn  baby.”

Nancy Northrup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a  statement the bill means some women at risk of pregnancy complications “will be  forced to decide whether to proceed with their pregnancies in the dark, before  they have all the information they need to arrive at their choices.”

Arizona now allows abortions up to when a fetus can survive outside of the  womb. That’s generally considered to be around 23 to 24 weeks.

The bill signed by Brewer would require the state health department maintain  an extensive website that provides information about alternatives to abortion,  medical risks and descriptions and images of fetuses at various stages of  development.

The proposal increases the current requirement that an ultrasound be  performed before an abortion from one hour to 24 hours before. It also requires  abortion clinics to post signs providing notice that it’s illegal for anyone to  coerce a woman to have an abortion.

At 20 weeks a woman doesn’t have all the information she needs to arrive at a “choice”?  Let’s see….here’s what a baby looks like at 20 weeks.

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

The baby’s body is now coated with a greasy white substance, the vernox caseosa, that protects his skin during its long submersion in the amniotic fluid.

Sarah Silverman better not move to Arizona…

DCG

7 responses to “Arizona to ban abortions after 20 weeks

  1. Hooray for Arizona’s legislature and governor! Although lawsuits by all the pro-death crowd (Planned Parenthood, NOW) will tie this law in the courts for months, if not years. :(

  2. lowtechgrannie

    I can visualize that 10-1/2 oz fetus very well. I have a nephew (now 27 years old) who weighed 11-1/2 oz the first time I saw him. He was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing 1 lb 4 oz and lost weight after birth.

    My sister lost two previous babies who were born at around the same stage of development and lived less than 24 hours. She wasn’t scared when she went into premature labor with this one because she said the Lord told her this one would live…. and he did!

    Although my nephew has some disabilities related to that early birth, he’s a constant joy to all of us and proof of a loving God who keeps His promises.

  3. I’ve been disappointed with some of Governor Brewer’s actions on presidential eligibility but I certainly agree with this ruling. I fervently believe in protecting the unborn.

  4. I wonder how long it will take Herr Erich von Holderen to sue over this.

    -Dave

  5. I completely agree with this. It is a good compromise although I think the cut off should be at 16 weeks. This is plenty of time for a woman to decide if she wants to continue her pregnancy or not and the likelyhood of a fetus serviving at this stage are slim because not enough is developed and with any rule there are exceptions if health problems are involved.later than the alotted weeks. I feel a set time period when an abortion can be done is very good, but ultimitly an abortion itself is something that should be between a woman and her doctor not the state and federal government.

    • What cracks me up…the ppl that are Pro-Life are actually ppl that will do anything it takes to take care of their children financially w/o the government’s help, and the majority of Pro-Choice supporters would take a handout over and over again before taking a job that they believedwas beneath them.

      I know that there are ppl out there that do need financial help. I am capable of working though and I would take ANY job, no matter how degrading, before I would let the government help me financially. Ironically….I am Pro-Life!! Go figure? {Smirk}

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