Today, thanks to the efforts of Senator Linda Gray, the State ban on Partial Birth Abortion was revived through a special legislative procedure in which the language of one bill was replaced with a revised version of the original ban Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed. This was done during a hearing in the House Natural Resources and Public Safety Committee resulting in a vote of 6-3 (vote detail).
When the Governor vetoed the original bill (HB 2769) she gave the following reason for her veto:
Some have tried to portray House Bill 2769 as merely conforming Arizona’s statute to federal law. That is not correct. The federal law provides physicians who are prosecuted under federal law with the opportunity to seek professional opinion of their peers as to the necessity of the medical procedure as part of the physicans’ criminal defense. House Bill 2769 does not. Further, the federal law specifically caps the criminal penalty for violation to two years in prison. There is no comparable cap in House Bill 2769.” (Read Governor Napolitano’s letter.)
The revived version of the ban is now under Senate Bill 1048 which now addresses the very issues that brought on the Governor’s veto.
Now that the Governor’s concerns and objections have been met, there should be no excuse for another veto.
Sonoran Alliance would also like to recognize and thank Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy for their dilligence, committment and hard work on this important issue. Please take a moment to visit CAP’s website.