Post # 1
I’m wondering if I’m overlooking or misunderstanding something, as this law appears to defy reason. According to this article, the new law, called the “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” deems a woman pregnant 2 weeks before conception. My understanding is the law would allow abortions to be banned earlier in the pregnancy..but..how can I be pregnant if I have not had sex yet? Anyone else read about this?
*I apologize if this has already been posted somewhere else*
Post # 3
In general, all doctors consider you to be “pregnant” from your last period which is usually 2 weeks before conception. So when you are 4 weeks pregnant, the fetus is only actually 2 weeks old inside you. It’s just how they measure it. It looks like Arizona might be trying to just word lawyer to make the laws that they want. Your link didn’t work, but I do know that the 2 week thing isn’t new.
Post # 4
Yup, that’s how I always knew it! First week starts from your last period. So technically no baby until week 2.
Post # 5
I’m a little confused. The piece seems to suggest that it only bans abortions after the foetus could survive outside the womb (22-24 weeks), or am I misreading it?
Post # 6
Well, that’s a new one on me, but I’ve never had to know the details of that, since I’ve never been pregnant — that I know of. I say that because they say we can miscarry through our periods and not even know it had been there.
Post # 7
@honeybee1999: My Biology teacher/aunt explained that one to me. Basically what can happen is the sperm fertilizes the egg, but the egg doesn’t stick to the uterine wall like it should.
And you are “pregnant” 2 weeks before conception, because doctors count the weeks of pregnancy from the only solid date they can – the first day of your last period. Conception is approximately 14 days later during ovulation.