Arizona and Kentucky move toward 15-week abortion ban A Supreme Court ruling in June could determine the fate of the system in the United States.
In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducie signed a bill into law Wednesday after the Arizona Legislature passed it without a single Democrat vote last week.
Arizona law only provides exemptions for medical emergencies when continuing pregnancy “creates a significant risk of significant and irreversible disruption of a major physical activity” for the mother.
It does not include any exemptions for rape or incest.
“In Arizona, we know every life has immense value – including prenatal life,” Dusi, a Republican, wrote in a letter announcing the signing of the bill. “I believe it is the responsibility of every state to protect them.”
Dusi was very vocal about her opposition to abortion, and since she took office in 2015, she has signed every piece of anti-abortion law that has crossed her desk.
“This bill stigmatizes and embarrasses our patients who love their bodies and their lives,” Brittany Fonteno, president of Arizona Planned Parenthood Advocates, told ABC News. “We know this is a political move to deprive the people of their rights. It is not based on any medical evidence and politicians should not play the role of doctors.”
Under the law, women cannot be sued for abortion, but doctors who perform abortions after 15 weeks will face criminal charges and see their medical licenses suspended or revoked.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky state legislature on Tuesday passed a similar ban, along with other abortion bans.
Any drug used for abortion, known as HB3 – a nonsurgical procedure typically used up to 10 weeks into pregnancy – must be provided by a physician who is licensed to practice the drug and is in good standing with Kentucky.
A personal examination is required at least 24 hours in advance, during which women are informed of any risks. Medicines cannot be sent by mail.
Abortion lawyers say it will prevent many women, especially low-income ones, from accessing abortion if they have to go to a clinic to receive it.
Tamara Weeder, state director of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates-Kentucky, told ABC News, “Those who have the means will always be able to access abortion; they can carry planes, hotel rooms.” “But those who live in poor, rural communities, far from care, are already going to be more deprived. It’s a huge burden for those who have work or school holidays to find child care and make sure they can carry gas.” . “
Additionally, the bill would require that physicians provide abortions and that a state-run “complaints portal” be set up so that people can report anonymous abortion providers who are violating the program.
Meg Stern, director of the abortion support fund of an advocacy group, the Kentucky Health Justice Network, said it could be sued by people who have personal revenge against abortion providers.
She added that she had been harassed as a volunteer clinic escort at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, one of only two abortion providers in Kentucky.
“I’ve been physically abused, I’ve been followed, my picture has been posted on social media, my address has been leaked – and I’m just a volunteer escort and an abortion fundraiser,” Stern said. “I’m not giving people drugs, I’m not having abortions, but I’m accessible, so we think what about suppliers? It’s creating a headhunter-like situation.”
Weeder agrees, calling it a “hit list” that could hurt abortion providers.
Several other states, including Texas and Idaho, have banned abortion.
Currently, it is unconstitutional to prohibit abortion before a fetus is effective – between 22 and 26 weeks. States hope the Supreme Court will change that.
In June, the court will review the 15-week ban in Mississippi and see if it is constitutional. If the court decides the bill is constitutional, it could mean Row v. Wade is either repealed or fundamentally weak.
“My personal opinion is that lawmakers in Kentucky are convinced that the Scots will turn into guts, if not destroy, Rowe v. Wade,” Stern said. “And they’re counting. Even if it doesn’t happen, Texas Row has shown a way to ban abortion.”