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Arizona House Gives Preliminary Approval of HB 2384 and HB 2416

State lawmakers in the House of Representatives gave approval of two abortion bills earlier this week, which will put limits on the types of abortions that can be performed in the state, if passed into a law. Tucson Weekly reports that House Bill 2416 would require doctors in Arizona to perform an ultrasound at least one hour before an abortion and offer the woman an opportunity to listen to the heartbeat of the fetus. The bill would also outlaw doctors from administering an abortion by pill remotely.

House Bill 2384 would reportedly ban public funding or tax credits from being used to provide, pay for, promote, provide coverage of or provide referrals for abortions. If passed into a law, HB 2384 would also ban state universities and community colleges from using state funding or tuition money to train students to perform abortions. This would cause the University of Arizona College of Medicine to lose accreditation for its obstetrics and gynecology program and affect other medical programs in the state.

Both bills passed in the House by a landslide with a 40-18 vote, mostly along party lines. Several Democrats oppose both bills because they say that by restricting abortion access for women, people could return to the days of unsafe, illegal, back-alley abortions. Yet proponents of the bills say that women will be more informed about their decision to get an abortion if such laws were to take effect.

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