Arizona Rep. Terri Proud is an extremist anti-abortion conservative. She supports HB 2036 , which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She also supports HB 2635, which would allow employers to refuse to cover birth control, and all they need is to declare a religious reason for the refusal. Arizona Republicans also want to force women to tell their employer what they use birth control for before an employer will cover it, and are considering legislation (HB 2800) that would slash funding to Planned Parenthood. It’s safe to say that Arizona, perhaps more than any other state, has declared war on women. But Republicans aren’t through yet, and if Terri Proud has her way, women in Arizona will have to watch an abortion procedure before they can go through with an abortion themselves.
In an email response to a constituent who opposes HB 2036, Proud said she thinks women should be forced to watch a doctor perform an abortion before being allowed to get the procedure as well.
Here’s is Proud’s email response via ThinkProgess.
“Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else. Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain – I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.”
Terri Proud is yet another female politician who thinks women are incapable of thinking for themselves and knowing things. She is a traitor to her gender and the Constitution for attacking women’s rights and for supporting legislation that clearly intrudes on their privacy and personal liberty, and threatens their ability to make their own health decisions.
Proud is operating on an unsubstantiated notion that fetuses can feel pain. That notion is false. According to multiple studies, including one in 2005, scientists generally agree that fetuses can’t feel pain until well into the third trimester after 24 weeks. The 2005 study suggests 28 weeks. Abortions after 24 weeks are already allowed to be limited by states under the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision made by the Supreme Court. But since most abortions occur prior to 24 weeks anyway, Proud really doesn’t have a case.
As usual, Republicans think women are unintelligent creatures who need to be regulated like common livestock being bred to increase the herd. They’ll make up any excuse to create anti-abortion legislation, even if science and the medical community refutes their claims and they’ll always seek to violate the privacy and personal liberty of women that the Constitution protects. Forcing women to do things against their will is what criminals such as rapists and kidnappers do. So by forcing women to not use contraception, or to undergo ultrasounds, or to view an abortion, or to carry a pregnancy to term, Republicans are turning the state government of Arizona into a criminal organization that has total disregard for the freedoms, liberties, and rights guaranteed by the Constitution.