Friday, March 08, 2013

Overheard: Arkansas' "misogynistic" 12-week abortion law similar to the law of ultra-conservative......France?!?

Something to keep in mind when the abortion advocates at NARAL and Planned Parenthood and the various pro-choice blogs howl about Arkansas' recently passed (but likely soon to be overturned) law which bans abortions after 12 weeks.  Via Garance Franke-Ruta in the Atlantic:

But it's been the case since their abortion laws were liberalized in the 1970s that many of the European nations have abortion laws not much less strict than the one Arkansas just passed. France permits abortions up until the 14th week of pregnancy (which is counted from the date of the last menstrual period, even though ovulation doesn't usually occur until one to two weeks after that). After that, abortions are only available in exigent circumstances, such as severe fetal deformities, or to save the health or life of the mother. France also has a mandatory one-week waiting period for all abortions (they prefer to describe it as a "cooling-off" period), unless by so waiting the woman would pass the 14-week cut-off, which coincides with the end of the first trimester. Other nations that restrict abortions largely to the first trimester include: Germany (14 weeks), Italy (90 days from the last menstrual period), Spain (14 weeks), and Portugal (10 weeks).

Abortion law in the United States is out of sync with most of world but not in the way abortion advocates think. 

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