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Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Abortion Bill HB 2443

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.

Should performing certain types of abortions really be criminalized? Opponents of this law say that there’s no evidence of these types of abortions are even occurring in the state of Arizona. State legislators have said that no such law exists anywhere else in the nation. Meanwhile, backers of HB 2443 say that the law will prevent sex-and race-related discrimination that exists in the state among the unborn.

With the approval of HB 2443, Jan Brewer has once again voiced her anti-abortion stance. In regards to signing the bill, a spokesman for her office said to Reuters, “Governor Brewer believes society has a responsibility to protect its most vulnerable — the unborn — and this legislation is consistent with her strong pro-life track record.”

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