Representative Kimberly Yee Wants to Tell You When You Can Have An Abortion

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Republican Arizona Representative Kimberly Yee has taken a page out of fagala-phobic abortion bully Trent Franks' book, and is taking it upon herself to attempt to dictate when women in Arizona can have an abortion.

Yee introduced a bill into the Arizona Legislature yesterday that would ban abortions of fetuses that are more than 20 weeks old.

Why 20 weeks? Well, because that's when Yee -- who is not a doctor -- says fetuses start feeling pain.

Yee's bill is similar to a bill that Congressman Franks introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last month that would set similar restrictions for women in Washington D.C. -- because D.C.'s the only place where Franks, as a congressman from Arizona, has the authority to legislatively push his anti-abortion agenda.

No state can outlaw abortion thanks to the 1973 Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling, but regulating how abortions are performed is a right designated to individual states. Since D.C. isn't a state, Congress is in charge of several aspects of its government -- including abortion laws.

The National Right to Life Committee recently penned a letter to members of Congress explaining why 20 weeks should be the cutoff for abortions. See an excerpt below.

"The Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade was issued during the 'Dark Ages' in terms of pre-natal medical science. In the ensuing decades, knowledge regarding the development of unborn humans, and their capacities at various stages of growth, has advanced in quantum leaps," the anti-abortion group explains in its letter. "For example, improvements in ultrasound and other imaging technologies have allowed doctors to see smaller and smaller details of the unborn child's anatomy. The first open-womb fetal surgery was performed in 1981, and such procedures are now routine at a number of facilities. During fetal surgery, physicians were able to observe unborn children reacting to painful stimuli, and this was one major factor that led to the current recommended practice of administering anaesthesia to the unborn child at around 20 weeks."

Currently, women in Arizona can have an abortion up to the point when a fetus would be able to survive outside of the womb, which is usually about 23 or 24 weeks.

Several other states, like Nebraska, have passed similar legislation.

See Yee's bill here.
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6 comments
shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If Rep Yee is so concerned about the sanctity of life, why doesn't she write legislation to abolish the death penalty in Arizona. Until then, all she is doing is spouting the usual conservative hypocritical bullshit.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Someone has to make a stand against late abortions but there are always exceptions determined by the state of the mother or if the fetus is a being that responds to painful stimulus.     I'll bet if people saw the after effects of an abortion on a 30 week fetus they'd change their mind about allowing late term abortions.

mirele
mirele

To be blunt, women who get late-term abortions are not doing it on a f*cking whim. It's happening because the woman is in serious distress herself and/or the fetus' own condition is incompatible with life. These are tragic situations where the child is wanted and something has gone awfully wrong. Allegedly pro-life people would have you to believe that pregnancy is a time where all the normal rules regarding illness are suspended and that there will be no side effects from your pregnancy because Gawd won't allow it. That's horsepuckey. Prior to the 20th century, women died regularly in pregnancy and childbirth, yes, that very natural process. My own mother had preeclampsia when she gave birth to me in 1960, and had she not been in a hospital, she would have likely been a goner. 

tl;dr:  Neither I nor any other woman needs the state up in our ladybits. How would you feel if the state wanted up in your dangly bits when you want Viagra? You'd hate it.

Albert
Albert

This politician really needs to read the Constitution, and then write out the 14th Amendment Section 1... at least 1 million times, and then maybe she'll get it. Stay out of peoples lives. And James is just passing info along that most other news agencies won't report. Because Miss Yee likes to violate voter protected laws, and restrict the rights of the CITIZENS of ARIZONA. And she needs to called out on her BS grandstanding.

Really??
Really??

Is this an opinion piece? Are you a journalist? Spare me. Just give me the facts without your rhetoric.

Allen
Allen

And with each passing day, we see James King transforming into a tabloid journalist.  Seriously, if I wanted my news delivered with hate-filled rhetoric, name-calling, and partisan politics, I'd listen to Fox news.

You should be really proud Mr. King.

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