Roe v. Wade

New Bill Would Re-Define Beginning of Life

Feb 1, 2012

A state senator is proposing new procedural hurdles for women who want an abortion. 

Senator Steve Smith said Arizona already has fairly substantial laws requiring that women give "informed consent'' before terminating a pregnancy. That includes everything from a discussion of the risks and a 24-hour waiting period, to offering to let the woman see an ultrasound of the fetus. But Smith wants to add several more things based on what would be a new provision in state law that would define life as beginning at conception.