U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to make the decision earlier. But he said the law is constitutional because it doesn't prohibit any women from making the decision to end their pregnancies.
The judge also wrote that the state provided "substantial and well-documented" evidence that an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion by at least 20 weeks.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the measure into law in April, making Arizona one of 10 states to enact types of 20-week bans.
Here's the latest report on the 248 unborn children found dumped in a Russian forest and the police investigation. This report notes the children were all late-term (approximately between 22-26 weeks).
It's amazing how the editorial board of the Washington Post can write something like this regarding the vote on D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Child Act without ever thinking about the lives of unborn children.
But that won't stop the issue from being demagogued or used as a rallying point or an appeal for money in the upcoming presidential and other national elections.
What gets lost in the gamesmanship are the lives that could be impacted. During Tuesday's limited debate, someone should read the powerful words of Christy Zink, a D.C. woman who knows the pain of terminating a wanted pregnancy because of gross fetal abnormalities.
Former police officer Noah Pestak has been charged with statutory rape. He allegedly also tried to get the girl to have an abortion.
But last week, Pestak was charged with statutory rape. He is also charged with tampering with evidence. The Sierra County Sheriff's Office says that is because he tried to get the girl to have an abortion.
The criminal complaint indicates Pestak gave her $425 to pay for the abortion, but she missed the appointment and then decide not to have the procedure. The complaint indicates Pestak then asked for his money back and got it. The girl and her father then reported the incident, concerned that Pestak would not provide for the baby.
A Japanese company has developed a way of taking a MRI image of an unborn child and turning it into a 3-D statute.
A Japanese firm Fasotec has sensed the need and has thus in collaboration with Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic in Mintao-ku, Tokyo devised ‘Shape of the Angle', a miniature 3D replica of the fetus that you can actually keep as a memorabilia for the rest of your life. The process requires the fetus to be photographed using MRI, the photo is then processed with a custom built 3D software. A 3D printer is then used to create the resin for the mother's body and the white resin for the fetus.