Arizona lawmakers passed three strict anti-abortion bills on Tuesday that would make it even more difficult for women in the state to obtain late-term abortions, even when it may be medically necessary.

The Huffington Post reports: “The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to prohibit abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy; a bill to protect doctors from being sued if they withhold health information about a pregnancy that could cause a woman to seek an abortion; and a bill to mandate that how school curriculums address the topic of unwanted pregnancies.”

The bill prohibiting abortion after the 18th week of pregnancy is the strictest late term abortion bill in the nation, which typically prohibits termination after the 20th week. A provision in the bill also redefines when life begins, saying that gestational age is “calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,” which would mean that a woman’s pregnancy would begin two weeks before conception.

Democrats in the state feel that this redefinition of gestational age will not hold up in court. State Rep. Matt Heinz said, “I imagine it will be a legal dispute. How can a judge determine gestational age? If medical science can only determine gestational age to within 10-14 days, how can a superior court judge do it?”

The remaining bills passed by the Republican-controlled house stipulates that students be taught that adoption and birth are the most acceptable solutions to unwanted pregnancy. While another bill protects doctors from being sued for not informing women about possible health issues of a fetus that might cause them to seek an abortion. It also makes it illegal for families to sue doctors after a child is born with a health complication that could have been detected before birth.

The bills now head to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk to await her signature.

  • Deb

    To pass law that protects doctors from disclosing medical information about a problem with the pregnancy is just absolutely unbelievable. This is a women’s right to know. My god, what are they doing to us?

  • Deb

    Having doctors legally protected as they intentionally deny medical disclosure is insane. “First do no harm” is the oath doctors take. How is not telling a woman her baby may have congenital defects not harm? And what this means is that a doctor can withhold information according to the doctor’s beliefs. Women can now pay their doctors to not inform them, but control them. This is sooooooooo bad.

  • Deb

    I meant to add that this is NOT drama for no reason. And it has nothing to do with who reports it——–this is what Arizona is doing.

  • Lara

    Rofl^I totally agree. If they intend to govern women, then men need some restriction too.

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