|Can it happen before it happens? In Arizona, yes.|
Republicans have been working furiously since about 1972 to make abortion illegal, despite ruling after ruling by the court system that it is the law of the land and they have essentially succeeded. Abortion is not available in 80 percent of the counties in the United States and it's beginning to look less likely as an alternative in Arizona, where it is already nearly choked to death as an alternative.
Here's part of the HuffingtonPost's report this morning:
Arizona lawmakers gave final passage to three anti-abortion bills Tuesday afternoon, including one that declares pregnancies in the state begin two weeks before conception
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 curricula address the topic of unwanted pregnancies.
The 18th week bill includes a new definition for when pregnancy begins. All of the bills passed the Senate and now head to Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for her signature or veto. Passage of the late-term abortion bill would give Arizona the earliest definition of late-term abortion in the country; most states use 20 weeks as a definition.
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.