Protection for Arizona Unborn Children Is Revived!

Partial Birth Abortion Procedure 

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.


  1. I don’t know anyone who does not regard this particular act as repugnant and appalling. However, the procedure is virtually never performed except in the circumstances this law provides for: something has gone terribly wrong and the mother’s life is in danger. Women do not carry unwanted pregnancies for eight months.

    I have argued with pro-choice advocates regarding late abortions. Okay, it is not breathing air, but it is using the mother’s oxygen. We are very close to (if not there) murder. They argue that it is a “first step” to outlawing choice altogether. I am not convinced, but they raise a point difficult to dismiss:

    Who is in an uproar about rare late abortions that does not also feel strongly about outlawing the early ones?

    Science may not be able to provide a precise cut off, but I am open to one. It seems like I’m the only person that is. Seriously, I don’t know anyone that supports choice for the first x weeks and becomes against it after that point.

    After eight months? Dear God, have the child already and get the help to find it a family.

    Janet will veto the bill.

  2. Frank Soto says


    I actually know quite a number of people that are willing to say that it should be choice the first trimester, and then only in the case of a medical emergency second and third trimesters. The problem is, the only people that talk about this issue, or that you hear talk about this issue, are the people on each ends of the idealogical spectrum. There are more Christians than the evangelical right likes to acknowledge that employ the traditional Christian view of life (which stemmed from the need to work out a theology of Baptism) which is not conception but much closer to viability. So, hopefully you can be encouraged (?) in your opinion that it is possible to advocate for choice the first x weeks, and no-choice, or medical emergency only, the last y weeks.

    But I completely agree, people who support this particular abortion procedure are pure political idealogues, who unfortunately in our political system get the biggest voice, even though they generally represent a minority.

  3. GOP Boomer Gal says

    El Napo is a radical who even vetoed an informed choice bill.

    She is a lapdog for Planned Parenthood, and they make megabucks from abortion.

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