Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Restrictions In Arizona

Despite the fact that abortion is legal in the U.S., there are still significant legislative actions being taken at the state level. Take Arizona, for example.

Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer, according to the Associated Press, recently signed a measure that increased the restrictions on abortions. Not coincidentally, this act limits the availability of abortions and reduces the chances that women will be able to recieve them.

The bill does a number of things. It requires that women visiting abortion providers wait 24 hours before getting the abortion. During the visit, the doctor has to inform the patient about "the procedure, risks and alternatives, and the fetus' probably characteristics." That last part seems a little odd to me. Maria just looked and the sonograms are supposed to protect the health of women, with the side effect of sometimes convincing women to decide against abortions. A similar thing is taking place in Texas.

The bill also requires parental consent, allows pharmacists and health care providers to refuse to give out EC, and it outlaws a type of late-term abortion unless to save the life of the mother.
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