… even if you want to have a baby. Just don’t. If you want, go somewhere else, start a family, and then move back if you really have your heart set on living there. The reason I say this is because the GOP dominated legislature in Arkansas has determined – undoubtedly drawing from their vast wealth of medical expertise in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology – that they know better than the AMA and ACOG about pregnancy and fetal development.
Alternatively, they just don’t care, and reality is just an obstacle to be voted out of their awareness.
That’s about 12 weeks before the point of viability which would give them a 50% chance of survival outside the womb, and 8 weeks before Republicans claim (contrary to medical experts) that fetuses can “feel pain”.
Legislation had originally been proposed at 6 weeks, but a fetal heartbeat at that stage of development can only be detected by compulsory (and very unpopular) transvaginal ultrasound. If that had passed, virtually 100% of abortions in Arkansas would be illegal since it’s around 6 weeks that a woman starts to realize she’s pregnant.
The timing associated with the new restrictions not only flies in the face of established medical science, but also a woman’s constitutionally protected right to privacy and personal bodily autonomy.
… abortion rights groups and many legal experts, including some in the anti-abortion movement, say the law so deeply contradicts existing constitutional doctrine that it may quickly be voided.
“The 12-week ban actually bars abortion within the first trimester,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York. “It has no chance of surviving a court challenge.”
That’s not the point, though. As the author of the New York Times article points out, it’s about religious conservatives getting their way – science and constitutionality be damned.
Adoption of the law, called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, is the first statewide victory for a restless emerging faction within the anti-abortion movement that has lost patience with the incremental whittling away at abortion rights — a strategy used by groups like National Right to Life and the Catholic Church while they wait for a more sympathetic Supreme Court.
“When is enough enough?” asked the bill’s sponsor in the legislature, Senator Jason Rapert, a Republican, who compared the more than 50 million abortions in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. “It’s time to take a stand.”
Jason Rapert, huh … I looked up his name in order to get a decent picture, and this is what I found:
In itself, pretty par for the course. Flag pin, constitution, American flag behind him; all the right elements. He’d have been eating an apple pie too but it would have looked too busy. Then I look up the source of the photo.
In June of 2011 he spoke at the “Convocation to Honor Jesus … The King” (the blue eyed Scandinavian, not the actual Middle Eastern dude) as the special guest with his talk entitled “Honoring Jesus in America Again”. I guess this shouldn’t come as any surprise given he’s the president and founder of Holy Ghost Ministries, Inc. , which is “dedicated to preaching the Word of God, a pure gospel message, without reservation“.
“Without reservation” indeed. If this were truly about pursuing a “pro-life” philosophy instead of just forcing a particular interpretation of Christian morality onto women, he’d be a little less interested in banning abortion than finding ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, since that involves comprehensive sex education and low-cost contraception – two other things that gives his god a case of major sad – his oly Godly option is to just blindly condemn everything related to a woman’s reproductive system that isn’t directly involved with babymaking and call it a day.