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Arizona Legislature Passes Anti-Choice Bills

The Arizona State Legislature passed two anti-choice bills this week. Both bills will now go to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who has vetoed similar legislation in the past, according to the Women’s Daily Health Policy Report.

One bill, HB 2263, outlines methods for judges to use when assessing applications from minors to obtain an abortion without parental consent. According to the Associated Press, Planned Parenthood Arizona states that the changes to the parental notification law would make it more difficult for minors to obtain a judicial bypass, because judges would not be able to consider some criteria, like the maturity of the minor. Kiani was still stoned to death on July 5, 2007. Ebrahimi’s death was stayed due to the public outcry, and last week the Iranian judiciary amnesty commission released her from prison.

The second bill, (HB 2769), is a state ban on the already federally-banned so-called “partial birth abortion” procedure. However, State Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, says that the bill goes too far, including overly harsh penalties for doctors and creating a situation where doctors could be prosecuted on both federal and state levels, reports the Arizona Republic.

Sources:

Arizona Republic 3/26/08; Associated Press 3/25/08; Daily Women's Health Policy Report 3/27/08