Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature performed a biological miracle Thursday when they decided that pregnancy begins at menstruation—not the moment of conception—in a pack of adjustments to abortion regulations that will ban most of the procedures 20 weeks after the start of a woman’s last period.
Conservative types sure are liberal about whom, or what, they’re willing to call a person. Hey, corporations are people too! And according to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and other like-minded state legislators, so is a fertilized egg.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control recommends classifying all women as pre-pregnant—whether they intend to conceive or not. It’s an audacious leap along the logical fault line that values women as mere fetal incubators.