Governor Jan Brewer Signs Race/Gender-Based Abortion Bill. Non-Existent Problem Solved

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Despite there being no evidence to support state Senator Nancy Barto's claim that "sex-selection abortions are happening in this country," Governor Jan Brewer signed a controversial bill into law banning race/gender-based abortions.

The new law forces any doctor who performs an abortion to sign an affidavit confirming that the reason for the abortion wasn't the race or gender of the fetus.

The bill also allows the father of the fetus -- as long as he's married to the woman who gets an abortion -- to sue a doctor if he thinks an abortion was performed based on race or sex.

A violation of the law is a class 3 felony.

Opponents of the bill say there's no evidence to suggest that abortions being performed for either of those reasons is a problem in Arizona. They say the new law "is just to further damage the reputations of women who get an abortion."

We sent the bill's author, state Representative Steve Montenegro, and Barto emails asking them to produce any evidence that these types abortions are happening in Arizona.

They never got back to us.

Aside from the law tackling a problem that doesn't actually exist -- wasting legislators' time and taxpayers' money -- it poses several problems.

For starters, lying on a form about why you want an abortion is pretty easy to do, so in reality, this is simply a symbolic jab at women who get abortions. Or, in the words of Senator Kyrsten Sinema,"this legislation spreads myths that are untrue, and the implication that women make decisions based on these motives in our country is offensive."

Not to mention another significant problem -- let's say a woman and her significant other have a falling out after learning they're pregnant. What's to stop a woman's bitter baby-daddy from falsely reporting that his ex is having an abortion based on race or gender out of spite? As hard as it is to prove someone's having an abortion for one of those reasons, it's equally difficult to prove that they're not.

Like other controversial far-right-wing policies, Arizona is the first state in the entire country to have a law like this on the books -- thus furthering the state's reputation as the epicenter of far-right-wing whack job-ism.

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11 comments
michael johnson
michael johnson

Gratuitous and cruel. Punishing women that seek abortions, for no other reason than being small-minded.

XSoldier
XSoldier

So, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a useless bill into law.

Why on Earth would she sign a bill that prohibits discrimination on sex or race? One thinks you typically KNOW the race of the child to be born and sex isn't found out until about 20 weeks or so in to the pregnancy.

Thanks, Jan and Russell. Another useless, do-nothing law. Just like the human-animal hybrid law Jan signed.

GOP-Horrors
GOP-Horrors

This only goes to show you how feebled-minded those GOPsuckers are. That Leatherface Gov. of ours, is just a sock-puppet. She is very easily influenced and manipulated by the minions of her own political party. Its dangerous.............

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I hear that the law firms which cater to the anti-abortion crowd are getting ready to "chase ambulances" and make some money prosecuting physicians who provide abortions with this law. If someone doesn't file suit against this law as being unconstitutional (invasion of privacy), it will cause a lot of trouble in our society over time.

Nweng
Nweng

Arizona Legislature: Solutions in Search of Problems.

Coz
Coz

Arizona is so whacked out, can't wait to get out of this hell hole.

These elected control freak nitwits are so busy telling everyone else how to live their lives and can't even handle their own lives let alone do anything good for this State.

What a backwards hillbilly place Arizona is and will always be with leadership like this.

Coz
Coz

Sock puppet ?, you give GED Jan to much credit.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

If she's a sock puppet, then who has their hand up her ass to make her mouth move? Now that paints a nauseating picture.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Also, I do agree with you that that image does paint a nauseating picture. OK. Time to hit the Crown Royal.....

XSoldier
XSoldier

Let's see:

Senate President Russell Pearce comes into my mind. Also, the Flaccid Fool of MCSO surfaces. What about House Speaker Kirk Adams? Maybe AG Tom Horne.Candy Ass Thomas would be a perfect fit for that job.

Coz
Coz

One guess, and his name starts with Pearce.

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