Arizona Bill Would Define Pregnancy as 2 Weeks Before Conception

| by Michael Allen

The Arizona Senate recently passed a bill (HB 2036) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute says the bill would actually ban abortions after 18 weeks and claim that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she had sex.

HB 2036 would start the clock on pregnancies at the woman’s last menstrual period, which could be two weeks before fertilization.

The bill says Arizona would “[p]rohibit abortions at or after twenty weeks of gestation, except in cases of a medical emergency, based on the documented risks to women’s health and the strong medical evidence that unborn children feel pain during an abortion at that gestational age.”

Gestational age in the bill is defined as “age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman."