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Arizona Anti-Abortion Bill Starts Counting Fetal Age Before Conception

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pregnancy test (Photo credit: slayerphoto)

A week ago, hundreds of Catholics rallied in Phoenix, Arizona to protest the Affordable Care Act. The Catholic Sun has a nice gallery of photos on Flickr, in which placards are visible in the sunshine, reading “Pray to End Abortion,” “God’s Will Not Obama’s Will,” and “Religious Freedom for All.”

Less than a week after that protest, the Legislature state passed the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation we’ve seen since the Great Republican Takeover of 2010. In Arizona, they’re going beyond “fetal pain” bills like Nebraska’s, which outlaw abortions twenty weeks into the actual pregnancy.

Last Thursday, the Arizona House passed HB 2036, which would make abortions illegal after twenty weeks, but what matters most is when those 20 weeks begin. Confused? Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones breaks it down:

…Arizona’s law would actually be more restrictive than others, as the bill states that the gestational age of the fetus should be “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman…”

Most women ovulate about 14 or 15 days after their period starts, and women can usually get pregnant from sexual intercourse that occurred anywhere between five days before ovulation and a day after it. Arizona’s law would start the clock at a woman’s last period—which means, in practice, that the law prohibits abortion later than 18 weeks after a woman actually becomes pregnant.

Amanda Marcotte, writing in RH Reality Check, points out that this isn’t about preventing abortion so much as it is about combining legal authority with moral and using both to restrict women’s sex lives:

Now with this Arizona bill, if a woman is deemed pregnant two weeks before she actually is, prosecutors could even have a chance to look at your choices when you weren’t even pregnant—before you even had the sex that made you pregnant—and blame those choices for bad outcomes. They’re creating, brick by brick, the legal basis on which to prosecute a woman who drinks some alcohol, becomes pregnant two weeks later, and miscarries, even though she didn’t drink while pregnant. And you best believe that when feminists protest this, they’ll just paint it as if we’re more interested in protecting drunken sluts than “babies.”

When you ask why a party would gin up a fake federal war against Catholicism while at the same time it passes laws like this, you’ve likely answered your own question.

Via MSNBC.

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Romney Sweeps Tuesday’s Primaries

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Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney swept Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries with a win in Wisconsin.

Earlier Tuesday night, the former Massachusetts governor won primaries in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Mr. Romney will take most of Wisconsin’s forty-two delegates, winning its eighteen winner-take-all delegates based on the statewide vote. The rest will be awarded proportionally to the winner in the state’s eight districts.

Mitt Romney took the majority of Maryland’s thirty-seven delegates, which are awarded proportionally, and all the sixteen delegates at stake in D.C.

The wins put Romney past the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

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Romney Wins D.C.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in the District of Columbia.

The former Massachusetts governor will take all sixteen delegates that were at stake Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday night, Mr. Romney won in Maryland and took most of that state’s 37 delegates, which are awarded proportionally.

The wins put Mr. Romney past the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

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Obama Clinches Nomination

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination by winning primaries in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Like his Republican counterparts, Pres. Obama has competed in primaries and caucuses this year. Unlike the Republicans, he faces no serious opposition.

On the Republican side, Mitt Romney reached a campaign milestone of his own with his projected win in Maryland. The Republican front-runner passed the halfway mark in the race for the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch his party’s nomination.

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Romney Takes Maryland

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)

Mitt Romney has won the Maryland Republican presidential primary.

The former Massachusetts governor will take most of the state’s thirty-seven delegates. He’ll win thirteen delegates that are winner take all. The rest of the delegates are to be awarded proportionally.

The win will put Mr. Romney past the halfway mark toward the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

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Romney Does Well with Rich People in Wisconsin

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Romney Signs Wind Turbine In Iowa (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Exit polls out of Wisconsin show familiar patterns for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Mr. Romney is doing better among the Wisconsin’s higher-earners and Mr. Santorum with its lower-income voters.

Mr. Santorum is more popular in Wisconsin’s rural areas and Mr. Romney in urban areas.

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