Arizona Law Declares Life Begins before Conception: Update
Friday, April 13, 2012
Today Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that will radically redefine when life begins for an unborn child.
A State Senate amendment to the bill, H.B. 2036, states that a fetus’ life starts not at conception, but up to two weeks before then—“from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.”
The controversial language is part of a plan seeking to ban abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old. Abortion-rights advocates say the new definition would essentially make the prohibition take effect at 18 weeks, not 20 weeks.
The law is expected to take effect in late July, 90 days after the close of the current legislative session.
To Learn More:
Brewer Signs Bill Banning most Abortions after 20 Weeks (by Alia Beard Rau, Tucson Citizen)
Arizona Outdoes Everyone With New Anti-Abortion Bill (by Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones)
HB 2036 – Abortion Procedures; Informed Consent; Requirements (page 8, Arizona Senate) (pdf)
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