As of Tuesday, Arizonians can no longer get an abortion in the state if the abortion is based on the race or gender of the fetus. Reuters reports that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the controversial HB 2443 into law, pleasing many pro-life advocacy groups.
Under HB 2443, women will not be penalized for getting an abortion based on the race or gender of their fetus, but instead the physician performing the abortion will face the consequences. As we reported in the Phoenix Criminal Law News blog, the law states that a medical professional who performs this type of abortion can be charged with a class 3 felony. Medical professionals who do not report known violations of the offense would also be subjected to civil fine of up to $10,000.