Opposing Groups Speak Out on Impact of Texas Abortion Bill on Other States
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A Texas law banning six-week abortions came into effect in early September. Anti-abortion and abortion rights groups say the law could set a precedent for other states, like Arizona, to follow suit.
âIt was a historic victory. I was very happy and delighted that every day since the law came into effect on September 1, approximately 150 unborn children have been fought, âsaid Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy.
Concerns are raised by those who oppose the law. Texas abortion law does not provide exceptions for rape or incest cases.
“I think the Arizonans should know that the threat is there in our state, and we need to do something about it,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, Southwestern regional director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The Department of Justice is suing the state of Texas over its new law.
âThe passage of the Texas heart rate law in Arizona depends on a number of factors, including what goes on in court,â Herrod said.
In Arizona, abortions are prohibited after 20 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest or to protect a woman’s health.
âAt the start of Arizona’s legislative session, there were over a dozen bills they tried to introduce restricting access to abortion,â Mello Roberson said.
One of these bills, SB 1457, was passed. It bans abortions based on genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. A coalition of doctors, medical groups and civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against him before it came into effect at the end of September.
âThere is an extreme marginal minority who want to control the conversation, but we’re not going to let that happen,â said Mello Roberson. âWe are participating in the response and in restoring a certain mental balance. “
Others would like even stricter measures to be taken in Arizona.
âWe stand up for the lives of unborn children and their mothers, so we will definitely heed the Texas heart rate law,â Herrod said.
SB 1457 made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in Arizona solely because of a genetic defect. The law is expected to come into force on September 29.
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