AZ Unite Women to Hold Rally Against War on Women at State Capitol Saturday

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Brewer trying to get serious.
A woman is lurking under the crusty exterior of Governor Jan Brewer, but you wouldn't know it looking at the laws she inks.

On April 12, Brewer signed HB2036, also known as the "Mother's Health and Safety Act." The law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks "except in cases when the life or health of the mother is at risk." As if getting an abortion wasn't traumatic enough, the law also requires women to receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion just so they can see the fetus growing in their belly before terminating the pregnancy.

Like most things in Arizona, this story only gets crazier.

The state Legislature also recently passed HB2625, which exempts employers from providing contraception in their healthcare coverage. The Senate could send the bill to Brewer for her signature this week.

But the icing on the cake is the Legislature's current push to defund Planned Parenthood by barring any non-abortion related public funding to the women's health clinic.

In response to the series of regressive laws targeting women's health and reproductive rights, AZ Unite Women, a branch of the national UniteWomen.org, is organizing a rally at the state Capitol this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Women have been discussed like second-class citizens and told what we should do regarding our bodies and our lives," says Lesley McKinley, who is helping to organize the rally. "We find this to be not only incredibly insulting and a giant step backward in our cultural and societal evolution, but also dangerous and life threatening to women and girls."

AZ Unite Women is hoping to attract more than 500 people to the rally, scheduled to feature several speakers including local politicians and representatives from the National Organization for Women.

"HB2036 shows a stunning lack of regard for my life, for my family, and for my constitutional rights as a woman and a citizen," says McKinley, who is 23 weeks pregnant with her second child. "Medical decisions regarding my pregnancy should not be decided by legislators who are not doctors and do not have a medical degree."

Brewer may think her certification as a radiological technologist makes her an expert.

Also Read: Nebraska Woman Lets Jan Brewer Know Proposed Abortion Bill Actually Affects People

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Pregnancy Guide
Pregnancy Guide

I find the most distressing element of these types of legal problems on females.

Acorn003
Acorn003

Bet insurance pays for Viagra.

Heidi's_Mom
Heidi's_Mom

I am one of those women that had to abort a baby at 20 weeks just 5 months ago to be exact. I'll start at the beginning. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 3 years. We did several intrauterine insemination with my husbands sperm before finally deciding to try invitro fertilization (IVF). We saved up for a year and I had two jobs within that time. It cost us 15 thousand dollars. We were successful and we conceived twins! One died at 7 and a half weeks. The other baby was my daughter Heidi. We were so overjoyed that we were finally going to be parents. Then we had the anatomy scan. Almost every part of her body had some malformation. She had extra fingers and toes, clubbed feet, missing bone in both lower legs, short upper and lower leg bones and short upper and lower arm bones (6 weeks off in development) short ribs, a heart defect and a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What was wrong? Either Campomelic dysplasia or robert's syndrome. I'm not making this up people. 1/200,000 chance of this happening to a baby and it happened to my IVF miracle. The doctors told us that she would die within minutes of being born and would most likely die of respiratory failure. So I had a choice. Do I terminate the pregnancy which would involve an injection to the baby's heart in utero or take the religious 'high road' so I can grant myself a ticket to heaven on my baby's suffering and wait until I went into labor and let her suffocate, and have a seizure before she dies? I decided to do what was best for my daughter and end her life with as little pain and suffering and as much dignity as possible. The abortion staff were so kind to me and held my hand while the injection was administered. They even suggested I say a little prayer.

This law upsets and offends me so much. Laws like this limit my options in a future pregnancy. Women who have a baby with an autosomal recessive gene disorder (accounts for about half of all fetal anomalies) have a 25% chance of it happening again! So some of these women will find themselves choosing between horrible and terrible more than once!  I will use a sperm and egg donor next time to avoid genetic problems in my next child but there are no guarantees in life. Terminations this late in pregnancy account for 1% of all abortions performed. The doctors told me that until the anatomy scan they can't see all the organs until at least 17 weeks. So that leaves women only 2 weeks now to get the anatomy scan and make a decision. If they are going to make a law that pushes the cutoff then they need to make it a law that OBGYN's need to offer the anatomy scan before 19 weeks so women have time!

As the laws stand right now, Hospitals do not and usually will not try to keep a baby born at 20-23 weeks alive if born prematurely and If Jan Brewer really cared about the unborn's rights then she would sign a law that states that babies born from 20 weeks to term deserve a chance at being saved. Many women go into labor at 23 weeks 4 days etc... only 3 days away from reaching the gestational age of viability at 24 weeks and they won't even attempt to save their baby... Where is the justice for these babies? Why is 20 weeks the cut off on one end and 24 the starting point at the opposite end? What is with the limbo in between?

1 in 3 women will need to get an abortion at some point during their reproductive years. I thought if I was a 'good girl' and I was careful or waiting till marriage that I would avoid ever having to get an abortion. I was wrong. Every woman needs to care about this law, you never know if you might find yourself in that 33%

selah
selah

 I have a friend who is a neonatal intensive care nurse. She has told me so many stories of these cases, and the toll it takes on the family, the hospital staff who cares for them, the financial implications, not to mention the suffering of the baby. You were very brave, and did this out of love. I too made a similar choice for similar reasons, many years ago. I had children already who needed their mother. It does not make it easier, nor any less necessary, to go that road. I was a young adult in the 70's, when they finally started making abortions legal in a few states. Until then, girls had to have them in what they called "back alley clinics" and suffered under the hands of bad doctors, many of them dying from botched jobs and infections. We have come a long way, don't let them take our rights way.

Heidi's_Mom
Heidi's_Mom

Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate all the people who hit like to my story. It's always a risk putting something so personal out on the internet. You never know what the response will be. I just hope my story makes people think.

I know I made the right decision for my daughter, I feel she is at peace now.

Since writing the above comment I have written my story and sent it to governors of swing states that have not already signed strict abortion bills. Red states are a hopeless cause and blue states we don't need to worry about as much. The swing states are the ones that I choose to focus on and I certainly hope those governors read my letter and consider the decision more carefully than Jan Brewer did, should this law ever pass through their offices.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Edit: this comment is a response to ActResponsible

You're against "abortion used as birth control" but also against covering birth control in health insurance plans. That makes sense.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I just saw Mrs. Brewer on the Faux 10 News a few minutes ago, from Washington D.C.

I don't think the light lime green hair is really her best color.

Maybe a woman who is almost 70 should quit trying to look like a 40 year old cougar, eh?

Lora Brock- Trezil
Lora Brock- Trezil

Way to go AZ !!!!! From us here UniteWomen-Michigan Chapter!    

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Me
Me

That first line is the best quote about that nasty hag ever written!  Kudos! 

selah
selah

 It's what caught my attention fo sho

selah
selah

To act responsible.   I never said ANYTHING about abortions,   did I.   You really dont pay attention to what other people are saying, do you. If birth control were easier to get, no abortions necessary. Condoms are not the best form of protection, and not always at hand. We are talking about people here, not the preachers wife.

ActResponsible
ActResponsible

 No, you didn't specifically say anything about abortions...I did!!  Because that's not only what the bill in question that the article begins and ends with, it's also what the "it's just what people do" mentality that you have leads to.

"If birth control were easier to get, no abortions necessary. Condoms are
not the best form of protection, and not always at hand..."  I'm not even going to comment on how many ridiculous errors of maturity there on in that comment...you're the one that needs to pay attention and educate yourself.

selah
selah

 To act responsible.... You are one, totally brainwashed, FOX news watching, tea party, f..up individual. The really sad part is, there are way too many of you out there being taken in by that hateful rhetoric because you wont just be quiet a minute, and try to think for yourselves. Get in touch with your heart, and try being your own person, instead of a puppet of the republican party bulls..t line. I am getting really scared for our country, and our safety with all this hatred being spewed about and forced down peoples throats. I really think sometimes that the fox news types are trying to bring on complete chaos, and overthrow our government of the people for their own means. They started with our basic rights, and try to make people believe that reason and sanity and respect for our fellow Americans is somehow bad and "evil". But I just can't understand the "why". It makes me sick, and afraid for the safety of us all.

Shana Pye
Shana Pye

Yes because all the states in America with high teen pregnancy rates are all in states which promote abstinence ONLY. So argue that one away. Contraception prevents pregnancy. It does not prevent SEX. So the lack of contraception will not prevent sex either. Which is the real argument here isn't it? It's not you are offended that people are having babies/terminating babies...you are offended that everyone else in the world is having sex. OMG! The horror of it all. 

selah
selah

 There are 2 types of people in the world. Men, and women.  Historically speaking, when they get together, sex happens. When sex happens, babies happen. This has been going on since biblical times, and beyond. Taking some moral trip and telling them to keep their pants on is not only ignorant, its downright stupid. It is the poorest of our population that has to work minimum wage jobs to put food on the table, and with the rising cost of things, extras are not an option. Then they have to pay for their insurance through their employers, which charges more for each child you have, until the monthly rates are out of control, but you have to pay it to take care of your children. Then, the STATE tells you you have to cover your own birth control on top of that? Has this woman EVER been young and fertile? Has she NEVER had an OOPS moment in her life? Well, looking at her, maybe not.

w. Olson
w. Olson

Selah, Historically speaking, THIS has been happening for MILLIONS of years not since biblical times.  The notion that human life on earth is only about 6 to 10 thousand years is just plain nuts.  We have been around for hundreds of thousands of years!
 

ActResponsible
ActResponsible

"Taking some moral trip and telling them to keep their pants on is not only ignorant, its downright stupid."

No, enabling people to be irresponsible by sending the message, "don't worry..do whatever you want..someone else that is trying to be responsible will clean it up for you.  Just deal with your Oops moment by waiting six months and then kill it...don't worry someone else will pay for it. That is what is stupid and irresponsible!!!

I've worked for minimum wage, like most people at one point in their life, and I wasn't spitting out kids, having abortions, or expecting someone else to buy my protection.  Do you know how easy it is to get free condoms...for at least the past three decades??

Inara
Inara

 I work minimum wage and go to college. I use contraception for my period which is very heavy and painful and to regulate my severe, violent mood swings during that time of month. I also use it to prevent pregnancy and we use condoms because we cannot afford and do not want kids right now. By paying into my company's insurance, I have health care- therefore I am paying for them to cover my heath care costs - I have a 5 dollar copay on my birth control thanks to my insurance. You are so misinformed it's sad.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Using contraception IS being responsible. And if you have health insurance that you're paying for it should cover basic preventive prescriptions like birth control. 

Diana
Diana

You have obviously never been caught in the trap called poverty. And obviously you have never been accidentally pregnant. Because you can be in a committed relationship, use birth control, and still get pregnant. It does happen. And when you're living below poverty level and are married and still get accidentally pregnant, having to pay for own insurance is  killer. And you never get out of that poverty trap. 

The more posts of yours I read, the more ignorant I realize you are. Maybe instead of sitting on your high and mighty throne, looking down your nose at other people's moral choices (and just because you don't agree with the morality of someone else's decisions doesn't mean they aren't moral), you should get down off your high horse and start spending time with those who live below the poverty levels. Get out there in soup kitchens and what not and help those in need and see if maybe your perception of them changes just a little. Maybe see what it's really like to live like them. 

Or talk to someone who had to abort her baby late term due to complications and see how she handles it. Why don't you just *try* to understand those on the other side rather than telling them what they shouldn't and shouldn't do based on YOUR morality. 

Sheila Kotze
Sheila Kotze

Condoms don't always work, they break, they can come off during sex, they can have holes poked in them on purpose.. (yes, people have gone around and poked holes through boxes of condoms on the shelves at stores even) not to mention men that may do it because they want the women to get pregnant.. and YES! it does happen. And they aren't that cheap either. And not all women that are on birth control are on it for that reason. There are other medical conditions that doctors perscribe it for. Several in fact. My daughter had a problem with cysts and had to go on birth control at a young age to try and regulate her periods so they could scheduel surgery. And it seems to me, having another form of birth control besides just relying on condoms is a responsible thing to do. And I have no doubt that if birth control where easier to get, money wise or other wise, there would be a lot less oops. There for a lot less unexpected or unwanted pregnancy and there for, less abortions. That is not an "error of maturity" as you put it.. that is a logical fact. I for one am not on birth control because I left my husband and I am an independant contractor, and I cannot afford it. There are many people in many different situations, so to try to judge all by some, is what I think is an 'error of maturity".

guest
guest

I think all pro-choice liberals should abort at least one of their children. if I had assurances that they'd never breed, I'd pay for contraceptives for any five of them out of my own pocket.

jack
jack

I had a vasectamy does that count?You can send me the check any time  or does that not count.I can have sex and get rid of 100,000,000,000 so called kids in one minute.Is your definition of that ABORTION?I notice know one talks about a man having a VASECTAMY,OR DOES THAT COME TO CLOSE TO HOME HUH good buddies.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

So you should be all for contraception coverage then. 

Diana
Diana

Until someone else's baby becomes your responsibility, you have no rights at all when it comes to someone else's life or body. No right to tell someone what they can and can't do with their own body. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. And guess what? You don't pay for someone else's contraceptives. That's really one of the most ignorant arguments I've heard from right wing nutjobs like you. 

azlefty
azlefty

Well I can understand your sentiment,  I am sure it is difficult for you when an intelligent person actually questions and challenges you to  defend what  you parrot of the  Radio  and web Blogs! You could always take steps  to cute you inferiority complex by  educating yourself, as an added bonus  you could get a better job than Cart wrangler  and no longer have to look  for dates at your Family reunions

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Perhaps you are angry that your mother used a coat hanger after YOUR conception and was only partly successful? The thinking part of your brain went down the toilet, it would appear. It's a pity that the concern of right-wing tea baggers stops with birth. You are quite happy with GED Jan and the tea bagger legislature slashing funding for education and services that keep kids on health insurance. You are ecstatic that we have lots of private prisons (which keep GED Jan's friends wealthy and happy). You scream and kick your little feet when it comes to children in the womb. But when it comes to what happens after birth, well, tough shit for you, kid.

Save your money to pay for your cable bill, Goober. That way you can keep watching Fox News. That way you will know what to think and say.

guest
guest

I think that you've misread the honored guest's posting, I'm reading encouragement for you to abort at least one of your children, and an offer for free contraceptives if you promise never to breed.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Hardly an honored guest. More like an ignorant wretch. And hardly a misreading. I could give a rat's rear end about anything such a mouth breathing tea bagger cretin might suggest. He/she/it got the response he/she/it so richly deserves. His/her/its concern about children and their rights comes to an abrupt end when they pop out of the chute. That is rank stupidity and foolishness - the kind of ignorant thinking that comes out of the mouths of narrow minded, ignorant fools. It was you, I suspect, and if such is the case, you are merely repeating your original inane and asinine remark - which lacked wit and substance.

ActResponsible
ActResponsible

I'm not against abortion per se, but I have a problem with it being used as a form of birth control. And I absolutely have a problem with killing a 5+ month old fetus. At what age is it OK to kill a fetus...all the way until it's in the birth canal? The woman quoted at the end, her fetus is already almost 6 months, is she planning on killing it?

I absolutely agree that contraception is between a women and her doctor...SO PAY FOR IT!!  Why should an employer or its insurance company's customers.  If you don't want to get pregnant; keep your clothes on or buy your own protection..why should it be someone else's obligation?

Inara
Inara

Not all women get pregnant that WANT to be pregnant. How about rape and incest?? I sure as hell believe they did not intentionally decide to get knocked up! Shame on you!!

Swanson01john
Swanson01john

Just remember the woman is paying her ins premiums to.So she should beable to get the help she needs from her Dr. when she see"s him.Plus are you going to take care of the Kid.Every one seems to forget that if the woman gives up her child who is going to take care of it? the almighty CATHOLIC church who has a bunch of PERVERTS running it.Come on get real,it is up to the woman not some damn man to do what she wants with her body not you.

Sheila Kotze
Sheila Kotze

I have never come across a women who looked at abortion as a form of birth control. Where the hell did this saying ever come from. If any women ever had to use it that way, it was because she had no access to any kind of birth control before hand. It's not like abortions are fun. It's painful and takes a toll on emotions, the body and the mind. I doubt you will ever find a women who would rather have an abortion then to not get pregnant at all.. Not to mention, abortions are a lot more expensive and time consuming and dangerous. So how have people come to believe this propaganda of women preferring to use it as their form of birth control.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Technically, abortion is birth control because it prevents a birth from happening. What it is not is contraception. And increased contraception use leads to decreases in abortion (this is borne out in study after study, despite what the anti-choice lobby claims). So anyone who is against abortion but also opposes making contraception more accessible is simply trying to punish women for having sex. 

Inara
Inara

 It is NOT birth control.

Diana
Diana

There are women who need late term abortions for medical reasons. Baby has died already but has not aborted and there are infections. You're looking at this as "killing" a baby but until that child is born, it is not a baby. It could die ANYWHERE along the way, including during the birthing process. I'm not saying abortion is good but it's no one's business but the woman's who is pregnant and her partner. Why does it matter to you if someone else has an abortion? It affects your life not at all. Why does everyone think they have any right to talk about what goes on inside my body or inside my bedroom and make my decisions for me? I'm 44 years old, had 3 children of my own, had a very traumatic miscarriage. I know what goes on inside my body. No one should make a decision as to what goes on in my body besides me. If you were on the other side of the issue, you wouldn't want people telling you what you could and couldn't do with your own body. That baby is not your responsibility so you have no right to say anything.

And no one said that woman who was protesting was looking to abort her baby. That was an assumption you made. A woman can be pregnant and want to keep her baby and STILL support women's rights. 

HappyOwlBooks
HappyOwlBooks

So... you claim you aren't against abortion. But clearly you don't believe in a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body. Because if you think it's at all your business how many abortions a woman has, or for whatever reason, you really must hate women. Yikes. I feel sorry for any of the women in your life :/

HappyOwlBooks
HappyOwlBooks

It looks like someone doesn't understand how group health insurance works...

ActResponsible
ActResponsible

 Actually, I am a woman with 3 lovely and grown children that I would gladly lay down my life for!!! And I understand exactly how group health insurance works. And I don't stand in judgment of, or even care to know about, how many abortions a woman has.  My position is that a woman should not have the right to kill a fetus that is more than 5 months into maturity....and, contraception should stay between you and your doctor...SO PAY FOR YOUR CONTRACEPTIVE MEDICATIONS OR DEVICES YOURSELF!!!

Inara
Inara

 Oh then what about if the fetus dies in utero? Hmm? Fatal defects? The need to save the mother's life, or does she not matter?

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Did your health insurance cover your childbirth and children? If so, why did other people have to help pay for your CHOICE?? 

RedCat
RedCat

"My position is that a woman should not have the right to kill a fetus that is more than 5 months into maturity"

Um, you DO realize that most abortions that take place that late in the game are due to there being a severe fetal abnormality, right?  Not all pregnancies go perfectly, and the fact that HB2036 makes no exception for severe fetal abnormality is cruel in the extreme. My sister's friend found out during her 20-week ultrasound that her baby had anencephaly -- he had no brain. He would never live.  She terminated the pregnancy, and began the mourning and healing process, instead of being forced to wait for the baby to die naturally -- something that the witch Brewer would have forced her to do. 

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

So can you explain to me and everyone exactly how it is you know that your insurance rates are higher because of birth control or abortions. You are a fool if you think your insurance rates will be going down because of these bills. Health insurance companies have a long well documented history of rising rates for less service. They are just going to take the savings from providing less service and laugh at you all the way to the bank.

desertrat616
desertrat616

You can make that argument for most medications covered under insurance. And the insured is paying for it, it's called a copay. These are not decisions that lawmakers should be making, they are decisions made between an individual and their doctor and the individuals family if they should so choose.

ActResponsible
ActResponsible

 Birth control is, in most cases, "elective" medication. It should not be the responsibility of anyone other than the person that "chooses" to use it.  What, me and my family should pay higher premiums on botox, viagra, facelifts, butt-lifts, implants, or anything else that a person "elects" to do between them and their doctor.  Wrong!!! 

Inara
Inara

 It's not "elective" when you have PMDD, Polycystic ovaries or endometriosis, so your argument is invalid.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Elective is an interesting word - if you smoke, drink alcohol excessively or eat excessively, then you should have to pay out of pocket for any resultant treatment, durable medical equipment or medications prescribed because it was your own "elective" behavior that resulted in the condition. If you are involved in a traffic accident that you caused should you have to pay all of the cost out of pocket because it was your fault. Not getting pregnant when one has a choice to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is the most intelligent "elective" behavior that a person can make. It saves a whole lot of money that would otherwise be spent on a lot of medical care. If you don't like birth control then just stay perpetually pregnant if you are female and be willing to pay all the medical bills and expenses out of pocket yourself for all the children you beget. if your religion prohibits birth control then suck it up, breed and then pay all of the costs out of pocket - because it was "elective" for you to breed. Don't expect insurance companies or their members to pay for your elective behavior. That is the consequence of your thinking.

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