As controversial as the anti abortion laws are, Arizona lawmakers had no problem in passing them. Arizona lawmakers have even voted a bill that bans late-term abortions and one that redefines when life begins. Aimed to increase restrictions on abortion, the bills are going to stir up a lot of debates and scrutiny.
Although Arizona lawmakers voted the three anti abortion proposals, these still need approval from the state’s governor. However, since the governor of Arizona is Republican, he is expected to endorse the decision taken by the House of Representatives where 37 members voted to pass the anti abortion bills, while 22 said no.
If the governor passes the anti abortion laws too, then Arizona will become the 7th state that bans late-term abortion on the argument alone that life begins at 20 weeks in the pregnancy. Georgia is in a similar place, as the bills are still waiting for the signature of Nathan Deal, the also Republican Governor.
Cathi Herrod is president of the conservative Center for Arizona Policy, one of the anti abortion bills most determined supporters. She claimed that the bill acts to service the “chief purpose of government”, “to protect life and liberty”. Moreover, according to Cathi, the bill wants to “protect the life of a woman considering an abortion as well as the life of her pre-born child”.
For many the anti abortion laws came as a shock, particularly in 2012. Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said the passed bills are an “unprecedented attack” on women and their rights at healthcare. Moreover, Howard pointed out that Arizona’s passing of the anti abortion laws “completely prevents couples from making their own decisions about how to deal with the heartbreaking situation when a pregnancy is determined to involve serious health complications”.
The three anti abortion laws that Arizona lawmakers passed pertain to offering protection against legal actions for doctors if they don’t disclose information regarding a pregnancy that would results in a woman seeking an abortion. Another one pertains to schools’ curriculums on the matter of unwanted pregnancies while the last one bans abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy and requires women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the abortion procedure.
Abortions have been legalized nationwide by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.