"A new bill up for a vote in Arizona could mandate that pregnancy be considered to have started up to two weeks before conception may have actually occurred."
"If passed, the law could take away up to two weeks of available time for a pregnant woman to get an abortion."
- CBS News
Yes, the law is including a time frame that could potentially be counting 2 weeks preconception as part of the pregnancy. Do you know why it was written this way? Because that's the way medicine dates a pregnancy. Modern medicine has always dated a pregnancy using the women's last menstrual period as the start of the pregnancy. (i.e. Patient goes to doctor to confirm a positive pregnancy test, once confirmed the doctor asks "so when was your last period?" to which the patient could respond "Oh about 8 weeks ago" and then the doctor says "Well you're about 8 weeks along then. Congrats!") Because that extra two week buffer is in there pregnancy consists of 40 weeks. This is not new. This is not some radical measure concocted by the evil anti-choice nutjobs to screw women out of two weeks of abortion availability.
So naturally you may be asking "Why does the oh-so advanced medical community not come up with a better way to date a pregnancy?" Well, they have. It's called fertility awareness. Knowing the actual date of conception (or at least when the woman ovulated) is the best way to date a pregnancy. The way to know these dates is to chart your cycle. Women who practice fertility awareness and natural family planning are very capable of doing this. In fact NFP-ers have been known for proving their doctor's wrong on due dates because they know their actual conception date. Yet we're the ones who are oppressed practicing backwards, archaic methods of