Arizona Abortion Law Says Women Are Pregnant Two Weeks Before Conception

Ken AshfordWomen's Issues1 Comment

Yes, it's true:

A new law was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday that has abortion advocates up in arms. The new law, titled Women’s Health and Safety Act deems a woman pregnant 2 weeks before conception.

How does it do this?  It calculates gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual period rather than the date of conception.

What does this mean?  It means that the first trimester of a woman's pregnancy starts BEFORE conception.  And since (legally) women can only get an abortion in the first or second trimesters, it shortens the time when women can act.

A pretty craven run-around.