Arizona Bill Says Pregnancy Begins During Last Menstrual Period Before Conception
PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas) - A new bill up for a vote in Arizona could mandate that pregnancy be considered to have started up to two weeks before conception may have actually occurred.
The nuance was introduced on the eighth page of H.B. 2036, a piece of legislation that seeks to modify the amount of time a woman has to legally get an abortion by using the woman’s last menstrual cycle as a means of defining the beginning of what is being called the “gestational age.”
“‘Gestational age’ means the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,” the document reads.
H.B. 2036 is a bill that deals entirely with defining the intricate legalities of abortion in the state.
At present, a woman must have an abortion performed within 20 weeks of pregnancy, if it is to be done so legally in Arizona.
If passed, the law could take away up to two weeks of available time for a pregnant woman to get an abortion.
The bill has already passed in the Arizona Senate by a 20-to-10 vote, and will soon be reviewed and voted upon by the state’s House of Representatives.