State Capitol News
12:51 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

AZ Senate Approves One of Most Restrictive Abortion Laws in Nation

The measure would make it a crime to terminate a pregnancy once a fetus reached 20 weeks. Foes have said such decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. But Republican Senator Steve Yarbrough said it's not that simple.

"There's a third person in that room," he argued. "There is the baby. Who speaks for her, the totally innocent one with no voice? Who has the duty and the right to speak for her? We do."

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State Capitol News
11:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

AZ Senate Votes to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks with Some Exceptions

The legislation is based on the premise that a fetus is able to experience pain at that point in development. Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix cited testimony of a doctor who said that a 20-week fetus has sensory receptors all over its body. Barto also said there is evidence that, the later along a pregnancy, the greater the chance of complications for the mother. But Senator Linda Lopez of Tucson said proponents really want to interfere with a woman's legal right to an abortion.

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State Capitol News
11:35 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Lawmaker's Emails on Abortion Cause Flap with Constituent

Representative Terri Proud (R-Tucson)

Adena Lees had sent a note to Tuscon Republican Representative Terri Proud urging her to oppose a measure that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. Lees said she was concerned there were no exceptions for things like fetal anomalies.

Proud wrote back saying she thinks the bill is too lax.

"Personally," Proud wrote, "I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a surgical procedure."

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State Capitol News
9:02 am
Wed February 1, 2012

New Bill Would Re-Define Beginning of Life

A state senator is proposing new procedural hurdles for women who want an abortion. 

Senator Steve Smith said Arizona already has fairly substantial laws requiring that women give "informed consent'' before terminating a pregnancy. That includes everything from a discussion of the risks and a 24-hour waiting period, to offering to let the woman see an ultrasound of the fetus. But Smith wants to add several more things based on what would be a new provision in state law that would define life as beginning at conception.

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