Arizona Senate Pushes Forward Strict Abortion Rule

Arizona Senate Pushes Forward Strict Abortion Rule

( – Abortion has always been a contentious issue in the United States, and GOP lawmakers have strived for years to do away with terminations to preserve the sanctity of life. Last year, Texas passed its own measures. Now, Arizona is following suit.

On Tuesday, February 15, Arizona’s Senate passed Senate Bill 1164 in a 16-13 vote. The legislation calls for medical professionals who perform pregnancy terminations after the 15-week mark to lose their licenses and face jail time. SB1164 is similar to the Mississippi case currently before the Supreme Court, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Also, on Tuesday, in an 81-18 vote, West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed House Bill 4004, which is nearly identical to that of Arizona’s. Neither proposal allows exceptions for incest or rape.

Florida lawmakers are preparing to pass similar legislation, with a bill passing the state’s House this week. The legislation is now up for a vote in the Senate.

Should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade, the precedent for all abortion laws in the United States, it would pave the way for these proposals to become law. While the bills do face backlash, particularly from abortion clinics and pro-choice advocates, they also have an overwhelming amount of support from those who favor passing legislation to reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States each year.

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