By Dave Andrusko
On April 9th, when we reported that Senate Bill 1457 had fallen one vote short of passage, we quoted a veteran reporter who wrote “Wednesday’s vote may not be the final word.” Indeed it wasn’t.
According to various publications, including the Associated Press, Senate Bill 1457, which would make it a felony for abortionists to knowingly perform an abortion because the child has been prenatally diagnosed with a genetic anomaly, most often Down syndrome, “appears headed for passage.” (Arizona already prohibits abortions because of an unborn baby’s race or sex.)
Bills banning abortion because of genetic anomaly, race, and/or gender have passed in seventeen states.
The bill has numerous other components. To name just four, they include prohibiting abortion drugs from being sent through the mails (making dangerous “Do It Yourself” abortions possible), banning the spending of any state money toward organizations that provide abortion, a legislative declaration that Arizona laws recognize that an unborn child has “all rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents of this state,” and requiring a burial or cremation of the remains of an aborted baby.
The Arizona legislature is almost exactly divided evenly among Republicans and Democrats in both houses. One Republican in the House and one in the Senate were holdouts at different stages.
At the request of the House Republican, Rep. Regina Cobb, the Senate version was amended to allow an abortion if the baby had a “severe fetal anomaly.”
When it returned to the Senate, Sen. Tyler Pace objected that another portion of the bill lacked clarity. However, “A new amendment tacked on in a conference committee Monday makes it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if the sole reason the woman seeks it is that the fetus has a genetic abnormality,” reports Bob Christie of the AP [www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-bill-that-aims-to-ban-abortion-for-genetic-issues-revived-with-minor-changes]. “And it clarifies the definition of a lethal fetal abnormality.
“The legislation now appears destined for Gov. Doug Ducey’s, (R-Ariz.), desk, where he is expected to sign it,” reported Lisa Sturgis.
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