Arizona passed a bill defining gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman's final period. That decision effectively bans abortions about 18 weeks post-fertilization, except for medical emergencies. The law mandates that medical providers to pregnant women must have hospital privileges within 30 miles of the procedure's location. Many women's clinics aren't within a 30-mile radius of hospitals, so the opportunity for women to seek assistance will be severely impeded.
April 20, 2012