Arizona Governor Signs Law Banning Late-Term Abortions

By:  Dave Bohon
04/16/2012
       
Arizona Governor Signs Law Banning Late-Term Abortions

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation April 12 that bans most abortions in that state after the 20th week of pregnancy. In signing the Women’s Health and Safety Act, the pro-life governor said that the new measure “strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the pre-born baby.”

 
 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation April 12 that bans most abortions in that state after the 20th week of pregnancy. In signing the Women’s Health and Safety Act, the pro-life governor said that the new measure “strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the pre-born baby.”

 
LifeNews.com reported that in addition to prohibiting late-term abortions (except when the mother’s life is endangered), the measure also requires that a woman seeking an abortion have an ultrasound of her pre-born baby at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. “In many cases women change their minds about a planned abortion after seeing the images of their developing child,” noted the pro-life news site.
 
Additionally, the bill mandates the development of a state website that contains facts about fetal development and abortion risks, and requires that any physician who is on-site for a surgical abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, in case of abortion-caused complications.
 
Governor Brewer, whose signature makes Arizona the seventh state in recent years to pass laws protecting the unborn, said the legislation was consistent with her “strong track record of supporting common-sense measures to protect the health of women and safeguard our most vulnerable population — the unborn.”
 
State Representative Kimberly Yee (pictured), one of the bill’s sponsors, thanked the governor for signing the legislation. “This important bill strengthens Arizona’s laws protecting the health and safety of women, and recognizes the precious life of the pre-born baby,” she said.
 
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Photo: Arizona State Representative Kimberly Yee
 
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