Arizona governor signs bill banning abortions for genetic issues
Why it matters: Facing the welcome prospect of a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, many Republican states have been passing bills to limit abortion access.
- Both Idaho and Oklahoma this week signed into law bills that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Driving the news: Doctors who perform abortions in such cases could face felony charges. The sweeping anti-abortion bill also includes several other provisions, including:
- Conferring fetuses with civil rights
- Banning mail delivery of abortion-inducing medicines, including those used to help regulate miscarriages, per the Arizona Republic.
- Requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated
- Forbidding the use of state money to fund institutions that provide abortions or do abortion-involved research
What they're saying: "Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup," Ducey tweeted.
The other side: Arizona Democrats issued a rebuttal to the bill, which they called an "expansive and intrusive step toward criminalizing, restricting, and regulating women, doctors, universities, and public institutions."
- They noted that conferring unborn fetus with civil rights is a step towards prosecuting women who do not carry their babies to term — including in cases of miscarriage — for manslaughter.
- The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a statement calling the bill unconstitutional.