Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a sweeping bill on April 27 that bans abortions if they are to be performed solely because of genetic conditions.
Ducey passed Senate Bill 1457 into law, making it illegal to perform abortions based on genetic abnormality, such as Down’s syndrome. Doctors who perform such abortions can face felony charges.
“There’s immeasurable value in every single life — regardless of genetic makeup. We will continue to prioritize protecting life in our preborn children, and this legislation goes a long way in protecting real human lives,” Ducey said in a statement.
The bill requires the individual performing the abortion to complete an affidavit that the woman seeking the procedure is not doing so because of an abnormality.
The bill also prohibits public educational institutions to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman’s life.
The bill also prohibits public money to be used to support research on abortions or embryo transfers. It additionally prevents the delivery of abortion-inducing drugs via courier or mail service.
Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod praised the signing and thanked Ducey and Senator Nancy Barto “for standing for preborn children and their mothers.”
However, medical professionals and attorneys have warned that the legislation was “medically unsound” and “unconstitutional.”
The bill “will undoubtedly have unintended consequences for people who experience pregnancy loss of any kind and will force people to carry pregnancies to term against their will,” American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona Policy Director Darrell Hill said in a statement.
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