by MAYA, Feministing.com
Pro-choice groups file lawsuit to block Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban.
Such bans, which have been adopted in eight other states (Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska) since 2010, are based on the scientifically unsound premise that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. CRR calls them “flatly unconstitutional” since Roe v. Wade grants a right to abortion up to viability–at around 24 weeks–and bans after that must allow exceptions to protect the life and health of the mother. Arizona’s law is extra unconstitutional since it’s a couple weeks earlier than the other states.
Just 1.5 percent of abortions are performed after 20 weeks anyway. When they are, it’s usually because women couldn’t access an earlier abortion or they found out about a fetal anomaly or other health complication in the second trimester. So laws like these just have a terribly cruel impact on women who are in awful situations. People like Danielle and Robb who were victims of Nebraska’s 20-week ban.