By Alexander Strada
Sun managing editor
Jan Brewer and the Arizona state government are at it again. Brewer signed the eerily named “Women’s Health and Safety Act” into law this April, and the bill went into effect last month.
The law redefines reality in a way that has become quite natural for modern conservatives. Under the law, all pregnancies within the borders of Arizona are magically considered to have begun not at conception, but on the first day of the woman’s last menstruation.
In theory, this sounds more nonsensical than a Lewis Carroll story, but in practice makes a dark, sinister sort of sense.
Conception and ovulation usually occur two weeks after the start of a woman’s period. The effect of this legislation is to reduce the effective period in which a woman can get an abortion from 20 weeks to 18 weeks.
The same state that brought us the joy of random immigration checks by police officers on the street has now decided to take a stand against women’s rights by manipulating our definitions of reality.
According to the Tucson Citizen, doctors spoke during hearings on the bill and explained that many women don’t discover their fetus has a severe or life-threatening problem until an ultrasound done around the 20th week. The doctors and several women who had faced this issue testified that the law would arbitrarily cut off these women’s right to have an abortion.
“My heart goes out to the families that will be impacted,” the Tucson Citizen quotes a doctor saying, “Women are being forced to carry children that they know will end up dying within hours of birth.”
While it’s very fascinating to wonder what the Arizona government will think up next, it’s also terrifying to imagine this kind of reality-warping legislation being extended to other states or even a federal level.
Were the Republicans to take the presidency and congress this November, it seems very likely that they could follow Arizona’s lead. If the concept of time-travelling fetuses can be made manifest by Republican lawmakers, what else might they do?