Target: Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona
Goal: Don’t ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that effectively bans all abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, called H.B. 2036, was passed several months ago and officially goes into effect on August 2nd. If it remains unchallenged, women face disastrous results that Governor Brewer obviously did not care to think about.
First and foremost, H.B. 2036 is a cruel way to force women to carry fetuses that will most likely die after they are born due to medical problems. Conditions that fetuses often develop while still in the womb are usually not detected until after 20 weeks of pregnancy; certain fetal abnormalities are often not identified until 22 or 23 weeks. This would mean that women who learn that their unborn fetuses have untreatable medical complications after 20 weeks of pregnancy face both physical and emotional suffering as their fetuses struggle to develop properly and either eventually stop developing altogether, or are born and die a painful death. The law that Jan Brewer passed outlaws abortions that would remove a fetus that would otherwise not survive outside of a woman’s uterus and inflicts personal trauma on mothers who must hold their live babies as they die.
In addition to making both dying fetus and mother suffer, the law makes it impossible for women to have late-term abortions should they have to suddenly undergo medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Furthermore, the law violates many Supreme Court rulings, including the 1992 ruling of Planned Parenthood vs. Casey during which it was decided that states cannot illegalize abortions before the fetus is viable outside the womb, and the famous Roe vs. Wade case in 1973 that ultimately determined that abortions were legal in the U.S.
While several lawmakers, including U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg, defended the law by insisting it is a mere restriction on abortions rather than a flat-out ban, restrictions are only one step away from illegalization altogether. This law has far too many negative consequences to be considered a good idea. Sign the petition now to tell Governor Brewer that medical decisions should not be the business of government, and request that she stop attempting to control what a woman does with her body.
Dear Governor Jan Brewer,
I write in regard to a very questionable law dubbed “H.B. 2036”. This law bans all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and officially went into effect on August 2nd. I am writing to ask several important questions you seem to have forgotten to ask yourself when you signed this bill.
Governor, many medical conditions that fetuses can develop while still in the womb cannot be detected until after 20 weeks of pregnancy; certain fetal abnormalities are often not identified until after 22 or 23 weeks. Why have you decided that pregnant women must carry their dying fetuses until natural birth? Women who cannot abort the fetuses that would otherwise not survive outside their wombs face both physical and emotional trauma as their fetuses struggle to develop properly and eventually stop developing altogether. Another fact that you overlooked is that according to H.B. 2036, women who must suddenly undergo treatments such as chemotherapy cannot get abortions so that their own lives can be saved. It is concerning that you value the life of an unborn fetus more than the lives of the women who carry them.
Finally, please be aware that the law violates many Supreme Court rulings, including the 1992 ruling of Planned Parenthood vs. Casey during which it was decided that states cannot make abortions illegal before the fetus is viable outside the womb, and the famous Roe vs. Wade case in 1973 that ultimately determined that abortions were legal in the U.S. Those cases have yet to be overturned, and while they are still standing, you have no business dictating what a woman does with her body.
Please do not meddle in the personal and private affairs of women and their partners. A heartbreaking decision such as abortion should not be the business of government and lawmakers. You say that less government interference is a good thing, and I suggest you practice what you preach. I beg you to trust women to make their own decisions. They usually know a little more about their own bodies than you do.
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