Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Did I Invite You Into My Uterus?

I can only imagine that, as the economy slowly but steadily rebounds, as the blandest human on the planet is on his way to the nomination, as the weather warms up and the world calms down (okay, we'll ignore Syria for just a moment), the Republican party is scrambling for an issue.  I wish they would look someplace other than my uterus.

The Arizona legislature has succumbed to this problem big time.  Yesterday, a legal eagle friend sent an urgent message about HB 2036.  In addition to adding restrictions that would effectively put all but two of the practitioners at abortion clinics in our state out of business (because they don't have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic... and don't get me started on healthcare in a rural state with vast tracts of open land separating civilization from the wilderness), our Senate has amended HB2036 to include verbiage that makes even thinking about becoming pregnant equivalent to doing the actual deed.

Confused?  You should be.  On page eight of the proposed amendment to H.B. 2036, lawmakers lay out the “gestational age” of the child to be “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,”  That phrase - the first day of your last period - is one that every woman who has ever visited a gynecologist has answered.  For most of us (okay, for me) it was a challenge to keep the dates straight.  Every gynecologist I ever visited had a calendar at hand.... and a list of helpful suggestions about what might have been going on in my life when I began my last period.  I tried to remember to note it in my datebook prior to the appointment; I may have remembered once or twice.

So, accuracy is my first issue.  But, there's more.

In its wisdom, our legislature is attempting to tell the female residents of Arizona that we are carrying a baby before we have had intercourse.  I don't even know where to begin with this one.  Can it be extrapolated to mean that a crime has been committed if a man considers sex with a woman two weeks before she is legally able to consent?  Attempting to circumvent the 20 week cut-off for legal termination of a pregnancy, our legislators have, once again, abandoned science for bias.

Jimmy Carter admitted to lusting in his heart and was pilloried for it by the left (how silly) and the right (how sinful).  This legislation seems just as foolish to me.  You can't be held accountable for thinking of something; that's why we have hate speech laws but (at least not yet) no hate thought laws. 

But it goes further than that, I think.  Gestational age is a crap shoot; at least it was for me.  The same woman did 3 ultra-sounds over the first few months when Little Cuter was growing happily inside me.   She came up with three different due dates.... based on her assessment of the fetus's gestational age.  It wasn't very helpful in terms of planning.... we knew it would be in May... or maybe June... but, as the obstetrician reminded us, medicine is an art not a science.  There are few certainties.

So, as our streets crumble due to legislative sweeps of road funds into general funds, as our tax base dwindles and companies locate elsewhere, as our schools see their funding cut, our legislators talk a good game about jobs and tourism while they work to establish dominion over my body. 

I've got to think that there are better uses of their time.


  1. Oh please don't get me started. Virginia tried to give "personhood" to sperm. Many of us fought that, but our looney governor still signed into law that a woman has to have two ultra sounds before she can have an abortion. And our governor is Republican. I have to laugh because the GOP say they are about small government, but interfering in women's reproduction rights is as big government as it comes.

    We have so many more important issues to deal with and this is all the GOP can come up with on a national and state level? If they are trying to alienate women, they sure are doing a damn good job at it.

    I want them to stay out of my business when it comes to my body.

    I'm so angry about this issue right now. We have to stand-up to this attack on women's rights.

    Hope you are well today.

    Megan xxx

  2. I just see red over this issue. It seems to me that all the GOP desires is the mass production of babies, wanted or unwanted. No one has the right to tell me or any other woman what she can and cannot do with her body. We are taking enormous steps backward in this country.

  3. Right on! We have to take a stand, out loud, often, with respect but fury.


  4. I am astonished by the legislation that is coming out of some states! Here on the west coast this stuff is just laughable. But unfortunately it's real, and not funny!
    Do Republicans really think they can win votes this way? After all, over 50% of voters are WOMEN!

  5. This legislature is just nuts. When the husband and I think about buying a house here, the discussion always ends with "but the politicians are nut-bags", and then we don't do it. I'm not sure I can live in this state with those people in power. Visiting is one thing, but I'm just not sure we can buy here. They're costing this state money. Who votes for these people?

  6. It is laughable, Linda... through my tears.

    Allison, PLEASE buy a house and vote here! This state was trending bluer when we arrived in 2006... let's take it back.


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