The “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011″

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

Jan Brewer

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law House Bill 2443, named the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011.” I don’t think the name was intended to be humorous. The law makes it a Class 3 felony to:

PERFORM AN ABORTION KNOWING THAT THE ABORTION IS SOUGHT BASED ON THE SEX OR RACE OF THE CHILD OR THE RACE OF A PARENT OF THAT CHILD.

Is this really a problem in Arizona? Maybe in other countries, but in this country? Show me the evidence.

The woman is given a free pass even though it’s her evil discriminatory motives that are the point of the law:

A WOMAN ON WHOM A SEX-SELECTION OR RACE-SELECTION ABORTION IS PERFORMED IS NOT SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL CIVIL LIABILITY FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION OR FOR A CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THIS SECTION.

This law seems problematic from an enforcement point of view. How does the doctor, who could be subjected to this law, know the woman’s motivation?

While other states are fighting budget crises, it’s nice to see that Arizona has the time and treasure to pass legislation for a problem that doesn’t actually exist. It’s also nice to see Arizona leading the nation in the area of anti-discrimination.

H/T: VC, Susan Nielsen.

21 thoughts on “The “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011″

  1. This has racial under and overtones….Will it withstand even a Rational Basis standard…Abortion based on rape….of a white woman by a black male…. These are inconsistent in my mind:

    The law makes it a Class 3 felony to:

    PERFORM AN ABORTION KNOWING THAT THE ABORTION IS SOUGHT BASED ON THE SEX OR RACE OF THE CHILD OR THE RACE OF A PARENT OF THAT CHILD.

    Liability Created…..

    A WOMAN ON WHOM A SEX-SELECTION OR RACE-SELECTION ABORTION IS PERFORMED IS NOT SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL CIVIL LIABILITY FOR ANY VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION OR FOR A CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THIS SECTION.

    It is my belief that this negates liability…

    Are these sections inconsistent..canceling each other…or does AZ really know what the hell it is doing…

  2. So abortion is a protected right that you can’t legally exercise if you’re thinking about it a certain way?

    Why aren’t fetuses with Downs Syndrome or other abnormalities protected as well?

    If a doctor performs 60% of his procedures on female fetuses, would that be a crime? Will the state have the right to review ultrasound images and medical records to assure compliance?

  3. AY sez: “Are these sections inconsistent..canceling each other…or does AZ really know what the hell it is doing…”

    *********************************

    I am pretty sure there is either a Monty Python or Keystone Kops skit addressing that issue, but I am too tired right now to find it. AZ know what it is doing? With regard to passing laws? AY, you just made me inhale my coffee.

  4. Just when I thought I could not be surprised by the depths of human stupidity, here comes Jan Brewer. Governor’s race? This is the only race she is qualified to run in . . .

  5. “….A PARENT OF THAT CHILD….”

    Abortions are not performed on children. They abort a fetus, not a child. Abortions are a legal medical procedure performed on women. This law illustrates one of the teabaggers’ big lies. It demonstrates how they see government NOT staying out of people’s lives. They want government out of their business lives and if there are any questions about how that turns out, just take another look at your Dec. ’08 401k statement. But your personal life—-they’re all over it.

  6. Conservatives want to shrink the government. Now we know why…it has to be small enough to fit into a uterus.

  7. JuDeB:

    I always close my emails with a quote. I ‘d like to use your comment, if that would be OK with you.

    Conservatives want to shrink the government. Now we know why…it has to be small enough to fit into a uterus.

  8. jan brewer knows this has been a problem because one of the people who got their head chopped off in the desert told her.

  9. I disagree intensely about the Arizona state government being out of control.

    It is definitely in control, though in control of what bewilders me, and by whom it is in control is beyond my comprehension.

  10. I hereby propose the following bill: “THE BECAUSE AL QAEDA IS PUTTING HALLUCINATION PILLS IN THE NESCAFE WE GET TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT FOR WHATEVER REASON ACT OF 2011″

    Whereas the al Qaeda terrorist organization has been identified as putting hallucination pills in coffee,

    We the conservative members of this (State, Federal) Legislature,

    Bound by our patriotic duty,

    Hereby are permitted to do whatever we deem necessary to improve or protect our (State, Nation),

    Without the quaint encumbrance of voting or judicial oversight.

  11. Swarthmore,
    thanks for the link. Ron Paul is a fraud that keeps on giving. He is trying to outcrazy the Radical Right in order to enhance his “base” for his next run for the White House.

  12. Just when I didn’t think the Arizona government could get any crazier, they come out with this gem.

    Brewer & Co. are too stupid to get that we are not laughing WITH them, but AT them.

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