In April of this year, three anti-choice bills were passed. One bill, HB2036, bans abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy except in a “medical emergency”. This law was passed by claiming that conception begins at “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. Using this backwards logic, Arizona claims to have a 20-week cutoff but has actually become the state with the earliest cutoff for late-term abortions in the country.
Someone who wants an abortion is also required to get a transvaginal ultrasound, an expensive form of state-sanctioned rape which requires a healthcare provider to insert an object into the patient’s vagina in order to show them a sonogram of the developing fetus. The law also requires doctors to remind patients that alternatives to abortion are located in Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)’s website. The bill reiterates parental consent laws and states that civil action may be brought against anyone who violates them.