Life begins two weeks before conception? Arizona House thinks so
Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills and changing the way the state defines pregnancies. We're taking a closer look at this story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
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The Arizona House approved bills that include declaring life potentially begins two weeks before conception and prohibiting abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Also approved by the House was a "wrongful birth, wrongful life" bill that prohibits lawsuits against doctors who do not provide information about a fetus' health. Another bill requires that schools teach students that adoption and birth are the most acceptable outcomes for for an unwanted pregnancy.
A sentence in the bill defines gestational age as "calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman," which would move the beginning of a pregnancy up two weeks prior to conception.
State Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson), a physician, said he did not want the state to set the gestational age since science could not provide a precise one. "I imagine it will be a legal dispute. How can a judge determine gestational age?" Heinz said. "If medical science can only determine gestational age to within 10-14 days, how can a superior court judge do it?"
The bill will go to Gov. Jan Brewer for review.
The community responds:
Incredulous: "how extremely pompous of Arizona to think that they have the right to make this decision and then, I'm sure their intention is to enforce law based upon their subjective decision....how arrogant and ignorant."
Vierotchka: "It is practically impossible to determine when conception occurred, so that law is ludicrous."
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