Doug Ducey Signs Bill to Ban Abortions After 15 Weeks
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Wednesday that would protect more than 600 unborn babies every year, as it will ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Sponsored by state Sen. Nancy Barto, R-North Phoenix, Senate Bill 1164 makes it illegal to abort an unborn baby after 15 weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies when the mother’s life is at risk.* Abortionists who violate the abortion ban could lose their medical license and face felony charges.
*There is never a good reason to abort a baby including the lie that the mother’s life is at risk. As is proven in our Evil of Abortion video, there is never a need to murder a baby in order to save the life of the mother. –Editor
“In Arizona, we know there is immeasurable value in every life – including preborn life,” Ducey said in a statement Wednesday. “I believe it is each state’s responsibility to protect them.”
The state House passed the bill along party lines last week, and the state Senate approved it in February.
The legislation would save hundreds of unborn babies from abortion every year. According to state health statistics, 636 abortions were done after 15 weeks in 2020.
Ducey said Arizona leaders are committed to protecting unborn babies’ lives.
“Many states are taking similar action to protect life. We hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold a similar Mississippi law in the coming weeks,” he wrote on Twitter after signing the bill.
Right now, U.S. Supreme Court rulings force states to legalize abortions up to viability, about 22 weeks, and abortion bans prior to that point almost always are struck down in court before any unborn babies’ lives can be saved.
However, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case involving a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban this summer, giving hope to Ducey, Barto and many others that states will be allowed to protect unborn babies again soon.
Barto’s bill takes into consideration the possibility that the Supreme Court may not completely overturn Roe. If the justices uphold the 15-week ban but do not allow earlier abortion bans, her bill would go into effect.
If, however, the Supreme Court allows states to ban all abortions again, her bill “explicitly says it does not overrule a state law in place for more than 100 years that would ban abortion outright,” according to the AP.
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