Az Legislature Fail Day: Minimum Wage and “Wrongful Birth”

Unfortunately I can’t blame some of the stupidity and ignorance coming out of the Arizona Legislature on the recent coronal mass ejections (aka solar flares).

Minimum Wage

Arizona minimum wage may lower to federal level

Arizona’s minimum-wage law is more generous than the federal standard. But a measure advancing in the state Legislature would remove that distinction and effectively end the rate voters approved six years ago.

On Monday, the House gave preliminary approval to House Concurrent Resolution 2056, which would ask voters in November to tie Arizona’s minimum wage to the federal level. Currently, Arizona requires a minimum of $7.65 an hour; the federal rate is $7.25.

Why am I not surprised that the insipid monkeys that make up the Arizona Legislature is once again not focusing on the issues Arizona citizens want addressed. I think they’ll be hard pressed to find any citizens that support the lowering of minimum wage (i.e. targeting and attacking the wages) of the poor and increasing numbers of underemployed individuals in this state. Fortunately it doubt this will pass if it gets put on the November ballot (which would be required in this case) as the average Arizonan isn’t going to buy the idea that the State’s higher than Federal minimum wage is somehow hurting businesses. And if a business can’t make it on a forty cent per hour difference in wages then those businesses are clearly failing anyway.

“Wrongful Birth” Bill

The very term “wrongful birth”  tells me that the woman behind this bill (Nancy Barto), as well as her supporters, are complete and utter morons. I say if they pass this bill than we should make retroactive abortions legal to eliminate the idiots who create bills like this one.

Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions | Addicting Info

It’s called a “wrongful birth” bill and it’s all about preventing women from having an abortion, even if it kills them. The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.

I don’t care if you are for or again abortions, no one has the right to deny any woman medical information regarding their pregnancy or the status of their fetus. For that matter no patient should be denied medical information regarding their state of their body and health, especially for such an obviously political move as the one this bill is pushing for.

The bill may protect doctors from lawsuits for not informing women of their medical issues, but they can still be charged with an assortment of murder related charges (negligent homicide or manslaughter would be appropriate I think) if the denied information could have saved the mother or a child’s life.

The author of the article put it best:

This is an egregious bill that will lead to higher mortality rates for infants and mothers. Doctors should be held accountable for not disclosing information learned from prenatal examinations. Pregnant women have the right to know if their future child is going to have a disability or if the pregnancy may require an induced abortion to save their lives. Any decision that is made as a result of the information is the mothers own. Doctors should not be allowed to make decisions for pregnant women as a way to prevent abortions. Women have the right to make their own health decisions and hiding critical information is irresponsible, unconscionable, and risks lives. In the end, Republicans are only putting more lives in jeopardy. They might as well call this the ‘let women die’ bill.

This bill is why I am pro-choice even though I would never personally have an abortion. The hatred towards women clearly demonstrated by this bill disgusts me to no end. These radical anti-abortionists would rather see people (mothers and children alike) suffer and/or die than allow abortions to remain legal.

Get the fuck over it already! I’m tired of extremist assholes from the right and left wing trying to push their views on everyone else. Stay the fuck out of my life and I’ll stay the fuck out of yours. Deal?