AZ Gov. Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Procedures

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill on Monday that puts new restrictions on abortions.

The new terms include a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before the abortion procedure is done after the visit to the abortion provider. The visit would have to include disclosures of the procedure by the doctor in person as well as the risks, alternatives, and characteristics of the fetus.

An existing law on parental approval for minors seeking an abortion will be toughened. Also pharmacists and other health care providers will be able to refuse to hand out emergency contraceptives on moral and religious reasons.

"Governor Brewer's signatures today move Arizona in the right direction," said Cathi Herrod, president of the Scottsdale-based Center for Arizona Policy.

Planned Parenthood's Arizona affiliate, which opposed the bill, said it "creates barriers, increases costs and denies access to services and providers to women who seek abortion care."

"Women will be forced to delay their care, in turn increasing their health risks," said Bryan Howard, the affiliate's president.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 28 other states require waiting periods -- typically 24 hours -- while 33 require some form of counseling.

All those states waive the waiting period requirement in a medical emergency or when the woman's life or health is threatened, according to the NCSL.

Source:  The Associated Press

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