Arizona House approves new restrictions on abortionWonder how 24 hours "cooling off" matches with Family First's suggestions on the matter? How long do you have to wait to buy a gun in Arizona?
By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- The state House voted 36-18 this afternoon to impose new restrictions on abortion.
HB 2564 would require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could terminate a pregnancy. During that time, the woman would have to be told "the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics'' of the unborn child at that point.
The bill also requires that the woman be told, in person, that:
- The father of the child is liable for support, even if he agreed to pay for the abortion;
- Medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth and postnatal care if they decided against an abortion;
- Public and private agencies can assist the woman before and after the birth, whether she chooses to keep the child or put it up for adoption.
The measure now goes to the Senate where 12 of 30 lawmakers there already have signed on as sponsors. And Gov. Jan Brewer already is on record as supporting a waiting period; her predecessor, Janet Napolitano, vetoed a similar measure. [My emphasis added]
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