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Which Species Is The Guardian Talking About Here?

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It’s entirely true that certain myths to untruths are told on varied sides of the abortion debate. The question here though is which species does The Guardian think it is talking about?

Senate Bill 8, the six-week abortion ban that the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, signed into law last week, is a total ban on abortion in everything but name. The bill is one of several across the country that bans abortions at six weeks of gestation – in layman’s terms, four weeks after fertilization and two weeks after the first missed period.

Umm, what?

Entirely true that I’m a gammon who is well past the age that cycles are all that much of a concern but still. Wouldn’t it be possible for a national newspaper like The G to refer, when talking about abortion in human beings, to human beings?

For that ain’t the way that the menstrual cycle works, is it? From the NHS:

When are you most fertile?
“Theoretically, there’s only a short time when women can get pregnant, and that is the time around ovulation,” says Belfield.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when ovulation happens but in most women, it happens around 10 to 16 days before the next period.

“It’s not accurate to say that all women are fertile on day 14 of the menstrual cycle,” says Belfield. This might be true for women who have a regular, 28-day cycle, but it won’t apply to women whose cycles are shorter or longer.

That is, a 6 week ban on abortion means up to the second missed period.

Sure, maybe this is an intolerable imposition upon women’s rights and maybe it’s saving innocent babies from the chop but personally I’d give more credence to arguments that come from people describing the right species.

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