Arizona, Abortion and Quite the Reality Distortion Field

27 Aug

Oh, pregnancy. I just learned a whole lot about buns in the oven today and it may have saved my life. Did you know doctors calculate one’s pregnancy due date by the first day of  a female’s last period? And did you know doctors consider 14 days after that last crimson tide as the official egg-meets-sperm day, without much concern for mild inaccuracies? Yeah, it’s true. A doctor told me all about it over the internet (it’s actually a fantastic article on gyno history and math)

I also learned that birth defects can be found by ultra sound at 20 weeks gestation, while a fetus can live outside the body by 22-24 weeks. This last bit of info seems to be exceedingly important when considering laws banning abortion once a fetus is viable apart from the host body, while still leaving room for monitoring if a fetus will actually be able to survive at all after gestation. (This also has interesting relevance to placenta life, but that is for another blog.)

Now, admittedly, I’m a political ostrich. I generally find American politics so enraging that my brain goes dark in a Donna-Noble-of-Doctor-Who way to save me from death by brain aneurism. Today, though, the blood vessel almost popped. I had to do something.

I saw an article linked on facebook today sharing Arizona’s legislation earlier this year that defines pregnancy as beginning 2 weeks before conception. Wait, what? NO! I WANT TO LIVE!!! Many well meaning folks had already commented their rage and disbelief and I was game to get pissed, too.

I click on the article and yup, conception is now the first day of your last period before conception if you live southwest of four corners. “WTF,” my brain pulsates. “That’s medically inaccurate and downright asinine! Does this mean I’m pregnant every month!?” I pantomime despair. The law even has a pretend-friendly title, “Women’s Health & Safety Act.” Contextually, this title is utterly terrifying.

My heart rate accelerates, but I breathe. I slow the emotional onslaught of rage to save myself.  Enter critical thinking.

“Hmm, well what do doctors think? I know a female cannot always estimate the day of conception. Could this possibly play a role?” Enter google search terms:

How+does+a+doctor+calculate+conception.

Turns out, doctors have been using first date of period as a conception marker since the beginning of western doctoring because it is the ONLY outward indicator of baby/no baby. And to this day, it stands. SO MUCH SO that when a doctor says pregnancy is 40 weeks, the first 2 are meant to be before conception. This is ridiculous, but I get it. Marching onward…

I was angry and raged when I read about the new law because I thought those silly people in Arizona like Rep. Kimberly Yee must be dotards and there’s NOTHING I can do about stupid. But the truth is, this 2 week discrepancy thing could possibly make sense to get everyone on the same timetable. When a doctor says the pregnancy is 20 weeks in, and a lawyer says 20 weeks in, I would hope we all agree on the same start date. (though, as a woman who ovulates way later than the average female, I find this overgeneralization of when babies are made rather marginalizing). I’m not saying this one detail of such legislature is right or wrong, but I’m saying it shouldn’t have been framed in such a way to appear so dumb.

In a nutshell, the article acted as a reality distortion field with a headline like ‘Pregnancy Begins 2 Weeks Before Conception.” That title EASILY inspires strong negative emotions in good, mentally capable people. That’s a whole lot of people going “Arghh!” and clicking away.

The scary thing is that MOST of the time I click away when I feel this angry at extremists and their entrenched political involvement. I was successfully blinded. I didn’t even read the rest of the article about other parts of this legislature until after the whole thing blew over and my heart ceased pounding. The Women’s Health & Safety Act is ACTUALLY terrifying. It takes a minority group’s obsessive anti-termination stance and gives power to shaming and bullying women and children in schools and doctors offices. It keeps needed medical attention from those who need it and according to Michelle Steinberg of Planned Parenthood, “women are being forced to carry children that they know will end up dying within hours of birth.” Lame. Super lame.

But I wouldn’t have known or understood any of this unless I had found out why anyone would claim a woman is pregnant before she is pregnant. Turns out there IS a basis in reality for that crazy headline. It was poor journalism, poorly written legislature and a whole lot of sex nerd rage that was to blame. So, as the sun sets now on my laptop, my new knowledge tucks me in for bed. I have lived to see another day here on the internet. Humbly, I bid you good night.

15 Responses to “Arizona, Abortion and Quite the Reality Distortion Field”

  1. Brad August 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Well said.

    Sandra for president… of our hearts.

  2. Jamila Khabir August 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    This is where I’m called back out of daydreaming, back to humanism and practicality and what i believe law is truly meant to do…

    I feel politically naive and frustrated at the moment. It’s hard to pay attention and not pay attention. To sift through so much. To make sure what’s true at least gets repeated. Good thing I’m not alone….

    I just gotta think about this blog post, ’cause it’s pointing toward so much nonsense and manipulation. And I know doctors and nurses have voices and email and “on the ground” knowledge of who they’re treating. Sooooo…why? Where are things breaking down when it comes to examples like this? Why is essential information not making it’s way from practitioners/researchers/data collectors to the lawmakers/public servants?

  3. tony August 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks for the insight Sandra. I would never presume to tell my wife or my mother how to take of their bodies- or what women’s health is, i would only insist that they do something.

  4. Graytigeress September 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    I have read up on this, and I agree that the new laws that are being made by legislators on women’s health is horrifying.

  5. jill! September 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    not to be a topic-derailing bum but did you write dotard because of fantasy bedtime hour?

  6. vigrx oil ingredients December 19, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    I don’t write a leave a response, however after browsing a few of the
    responses on Arizona, Abortion and Quite the Reality Distortion
    Field | Sex Nerd Sandra. I actually do have a
    few questions for you if it’s okay. Is it only me or does it
    appear like a few of these remarks come across like they are coming
    from brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting at additional online social
    sites, I’d like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post.
    Could you list of every one of your social pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  7. mare sugestie December 20, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    On this forum there exists a appealing facts on the subject of IT.
    It is advisable to make out what did you say? others say!
    Don’t be deceived, always opt the most effective decision.
    Near you may notice information on Microsoft Romania and other most important party like Cisco,
    HP not too long ago with this forum I found a advertising associated with wifi routers!
    Wow!

  8. AICI January 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    In this forum there exists a drawing your attention communication
    on the order of IT. You’ll want to guarantee come again? supplementary say!
    Don’t be tricked, always opt for the best choice. Right now there
    you can get back home elevators Microsoft Romania along with other
    main companionships like Cisco, HP just
    on this forum I stumbled upon a promotion involving
    wi-fi routers! Wow!

  9. plumbers March 6, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent website.
    I stumbledupon it ;) I may revisit once again since i have saved as a
    favorite it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to
    change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  10. mobile games April 15, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    At this time I am going away to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming yet again to read other news.

  11. telecharger snapchat April 21, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    We stumbled over here by a different page and thought I might as well
    check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page yet again.

  12. watch for no good reason April 30, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Ahaa, its nice discussion about this post at this
    place at this blog, I have read all that, so now me
    also commenting at this place.

  13. game of thrones season 4 May 18, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment
    (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say,
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still
    new to everything. Do you have any tips for beginner blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

  14. заработок в интернете May 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Тут боты ведут дискуссию?
    Привет ботам от человека!

  15. hungry shark hack October 1, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    It’s verʏ ssimple tߋ find out any matter on wweb аs coompared tо textbooks, aѕ I found tɦіs paragraph ɑt this web page.

Nerd out here & at the Sex Nerd Sandra facebook page!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 370 other followers

%d bloggers like this: