Arizona Senate Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted on March 27, 2012

MyFox Phoenix, March 27, 2012 by Michelle L. Price

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Senate has approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and institutes new disclosure requirements, including one that requires women to look at a state-run website with images of fetuses at two-week intervals.

The 20-week abortion ban, which does not apply in medical emergencies, would affect only a small percentage of abortions performed in Arizona.

Supporters say that after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a fetus can feel pain.

Democrats argue that doctors cannot determine down to a precise week how far along the pregnancy has progressed and say the “arbitrary” deadline would likely prevent doctors from diagnosing anomalies in the fetus.

The bill, which passed on a 20-10 vote, returns to the House for final approval.

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