Arizona has become the latest Republican-led state to implement new protections for the unborn.
According to The Hill, GOP Gov. Doug Ducey signed a pro-life bill into law on Tuesday that will ban abortions in a number of specific scenarios.
New law addresses various issues
Ducey’s signature on the legislation means that women in Arizona will be banned from seeking an abortion if the decision to terminate the pregnancy is based on the unborn child’s genetic issue, such as Down syndrome.
Aside from the outright prohibition of abortions due to genetic abnormalities, the new law also includes a provision allowing doctors to face felony charges for knowingly carrying out procedures for such reasons.
Additionally, women in the state will no longer be able to receive abortion-inducing medication through the mail. Fathers and maternal grandparents of the unborn will also be granted legal avenues to file a lawsuit if an abortion is carried out because of genetic concerns. Lastly, the legislation cuts off the flow of state money to organizations that support the abortion industry.
The bill passed through both chambers of the state legislature along party lines. Not a single Democrat broke with the party to vote alongside Republican proponents of the proposal.
Nevertheless, the legislation is seen by anti-abortion activists as a massive win in the Republican-leaning state following a number of similar bills that have not yet made it to the governor’s desk.
“Continue to prioritize protecting life”
Ducey issued a statement touting the bill and praising those lawmakers who worked to ensure its passage.
“There’s immeasurable value in every single life — regardless of genetic makeup,” he said. “We will continue to prioritize protecting life in our preborn children, and this legislation goes a long way in protecting real human lives. My sincere thanks to Senator Nancy Barto for her leadership and work on this life-saving issue.”
Not surprisingly, the state’s Democratic Party issued its own statement, citing “egregious Constitutional issues” within the bill’s language.
For his part, Democratic state Rep. Diego Espinoza reacted to Ducey’s statement with a tweet, insisting that the governor’s “decision to sign SB1457 is not pro-life” but instead “anti-families, anti-woman, and anti-doctor,” adding that he is “disappointed to see Arizona moving in this direction, ignoring the needs and desires of doctors, women, and families for an extreme political agenda.”
While pro-abortion groups continue to push their own agenda in blue states, however, pro-life Americans are sure to see the action by Ducey and other Arizona Republicans as a bold and refreshing stance in the important fight to preserve human life.