From Medline:Gestational age
Gestational age is the common term used during pregnancy to describe how far along the pregnancy is. It is measured in weeks, from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual cycle to the current date. A normal pregnancy can range from 38 to 42 weeks.
Infants born before 37 weeks are considered premature. Infants born after 42 weeks are considered postmature.
From the American Pregnancy Association:Gestational age, or the age of the baby, is calculated from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period. Since the exact date of conception is almost never known, the first day of the last menstrual period is used to measure how old the baby is.
From the University of Maryland Medical Center:Gestational age is the time measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual cycle to the current date. It is measured in weeks. A normal pregnancy can range from 38 to 42 weeks.
From Arizona HB 2036:“Gestational age” means the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.
From the National Abortion Rights Action League / Planned Parenthood press release (oh, excuse me, the CBS Las Vegas piece):A new bill up for a vote in Arizona could mandate that pregnancy be considered to have started up to two weeks before conception may have actually occurred.
The nuance was introduced on the eighth page of H.B. 2036, a piece of legislation that seeks to modify the amount of time a woman has to legally get an abortion by using the woman’s last menstrual cycle as a means of defining the beginning of what is being called the “gestational age.”
“‘Gestational age’ means the age of the unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman,” the document reads.
The embarrassment could have been avoided had CBS Las Vegas bothered to check with an obstetrician. Or they could have just googled the term “gestational age.”
Of course, that would take a little bit of work. And we shouldn’t expect *that *(at least when it comes to the sacrament of liberalism).