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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2011

This law makes no sense

New Arizona Law: No Race Based Abortions



I’m confused. Has this been a problem in Arizona before? Are girls out having some ethnic adventure and then dumping the “side effects” if “they get caught”? Is there some kind of “racial purity” movement going on there that I haven’t heard about, that castigates any infants who are browner, redder, or whiter than they “ought” to be? Or is this just the Far Right taking a page from the Far Left’s playbook and creating a law to solve a problem where none exists that erodes a little bit of women’s freedom, because to enact such a law there would have to be a new rule that says abortions are only performed based on a strict set of reasons, thus limiting a woman’s freedom to do with her own body whatever she choose? A “camel’s nose under the tent” kind of situation?

And I think that the opportunity for willful misunderstanding is rife. A new law that mentions race and abortion? You know what the reactions will be and from whom. And that’s without even reading the law.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus.

The move comes as anti-abortion groups across the nation try to seize on gains made by political conservatives during the November elections, seeking enactment of new state laws to further restrict abortions.

Under the new Arizona statute, doctors and other medical professionals would face felony charges if they could be shown to have performed abortions for the purposes of helping parents select their offspring on the basis of gender or race.

The women having such abortions would not be penalized.

State legislators have said no such law exists anywhere else in the nation.

Backers of the measure said the ban is needed to put an end to sex- and race-related discrimination that exists in Arizona and throughout the nation. They insist the issue is about bias rather than any broader stance on abortion.

“Governor Brewer believes society has a responsibility to protect its most vulnerable—the unborn—and this legislation is consistent with her strong pro-life track record,” a spokesman said.

But opponents have maintained that while such abortions may be happening in other countries like China, no clear evidence can found of it occurring in Arizona.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America also said the measure may erode a woman’s rights, fearing that doctors for the first time would feel compelled to ask their patients the reasons for seeking an abortion.

Or was the original intent actually the other way around; the law is an effort to limit D&C happy doctors like that Kermit Gosnell in Philly back in January? (looks like he’s up for the death penalty). That’s pretty murky: women went to Dr. Gosnell specifically to get late term abortions by any means. That the vast majority of them happened to be minorities had nothing to do with what went on in his office of horrors; they came to him by their own free will.

And if you have a situation going on in AZ where women voluntarily choose to terminate a pregnancy based on gender, which happens to be the unintended consequence in China with their One Child Only law and a culture that demands couples have at least one son, how is that aspect of the decision any of the state’s or the doctor’s business? And there certainly isn’t any One Child policy going on in the USA.

So yeah, I’m confused on this one. And whatever else it is, it’s another reminder that Conservatives simply can not get past the abortion issue. 38 years on, and they’re still trying to stick in limits. No, I don’t personally believe in it except for actual life threatening medical situations, rape, or incest. But you know what? I’m not a woman. So my opinion is that it’s none of my damn business. But with a significant part of society using directly and indirectly government funded abortion as a means of birth control, Conservatives are NEVER going to get that 13-25% of the population under their tent no matter what else they do if they keep harping on this issue. It’s over, we lost, it’s never going away even if you call a constitutional convention, draw up an amendment and put it to a vote. You will lose the vote. Period. So shut up, and move on. This law looks like another iteration of foot in mouth disease for the Right.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2011 at 02:24 PM   
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