Found this interesting link on the Drudge Report:
Arizona Bill Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks But Defines Pregnancy as Starting Before Conception
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:35pm by Liz Klimas
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Last week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill, which was signed by the governor, banning abortion at 20 weeks or more of gestation. Here’s the kicker though: the bill’s language places pregnancy as beginning before the child is even conceived.
How does this make sense? The bill defines gestation as ”the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.” New Scientist explains this would mean the “fetal clock” would start ticking about two weeks before conception would even take place.
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So are we getting closer to a real definition of “when life begins”?
Sounds like it’s the “first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman”!
I can live with that. WWJD! Or say: “Silly, man, why do you need such a definition?”. Then, we’d get the “birds of the air” speech. Like the idiots we are.
Sounds like my new definition of when does life begin. And, of course, from that, when is it OK to end that life for an obvious reason like the life of the mother. When is OK for the non-obvious kinda optional reasons like rape and incest?
I continue to believe that this is an area for a minimal State interest. The mother —informed by her doctors, properly motivated family members, and her clergy — is the ultimate judge. With some modest oversight of the State, that this is not an abuse of a future citizen.
The State may decide when it has a duty to protect that potential citizen’s God given “right to life”. That’s a different conversation that what is being had now.
Pretty heavy thinking for a fat old white guy injineer. I’m sure my fellow alums have the handled with much greater ease than I have.
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” [Taught to me by my maternal Protestant Grandmother, with great vigor and sternness. To me, a young heathen “Catholic” boy who wasn’t being taught the Bible in that Devil’s parochial school. As she would say: “Condemning the young lads to Eternal Damnation!” Wonder why she ignored the girls at school? Requiescat In Pacem, Grandma.]
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