Aside from forcing abortion doctors to offer patients the opportunity to look at ultrasound images of the fetus -- a move to basically try to scare women out of having an abortion -- HB 2416 also adds stiffer regulations to the early abortion-by-pill that would subject the procedure to the same regulations as surgical abortion.
Doing so, officials from Planned Parenthood say, would block access of early-term abortions to women living in rural communities. The group says that by preventing early-term abortions by over-regulating the pill, it will lead to more late-term, potentially riskier abortions.
Two other bills to be heard in the House today,
proposed by Republican Representative Steve Montenegro, would require
women getting abortions to sign a document promising they aren't aborting the pregnancy based on the sex of the child. The other would force women to promise they aren't aborting their pregnancy based on race. Under the proposed law, anyone caught doing so could be slapped with a class-three felony.
As we learned a few weeks ago, there's no evidence suggesting women getting abortions for either of those reasons is even a problem in Arizona.
"There is no indication that this is even an issue," Planned Parenthood Arizona spokeswoman Cynde Cerf told New Times at the time.
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