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.
-David Wallechinsky
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Anonymous 12 years ago
arizona's been taken over by a covert superpower that is likely to spread to the rest of the country (and in some places has already) the people of the state need to rise up and depose their corrupt senators and governor
Mandy 12 years ago
"the first day of the last menstrual period" is not a day on which a woman could be pregnant. menstruation tells you you are not pregnant. although cycles vary somewhat in length, most of us can expect to ovulate approximately two weeks after the first day of the menstrual period. since you have to ovulate to get pregnant (unless you're having a fetus artificially implanted), that would mean that under normal conditions, the first day of the menstrual period would be two weeks (or more) before conception took place.
Jennifer Gilliam 12 years ago
this journalist needs to study the female anatomy more as well as read the senate amendments to h.b. 2036. there is nothing in this senate amendment that states anything incorrectly,"that a fetus’ life starts not at conception, but up to two weeks before then." the bill amendments state,"senate amendments to h.b. 2036 37 3. "conception" means the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human 38 ovum. 1 4. "gestational age" means the age of the unborn child as calculated 2 from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman. 14 8. 9. "pregnant" or "pregnancy" means a female reproductive condition 15 of having a developing unborn child in the body and that begins with 16 conception. 30 12. 13. "unborn child" means the offspring of human beings from 31 conception until birth. i am pro-choice and a nursing student that just finished anatomy and physiology 2. "gestational age" is calculated from the 1st day of a womens last menstral cycle. where does the senate bill state, "but up to two weeks before then?"

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