On Tuesday, April 20th Governor Jan Brewer signed into a law a key piece of pro-life legislation requiring accurate abortion statistics be recorded throughout Arizona and reported. The bill, SB 1304 sponsored by Glendale Senator Linda Gray, mandates the reporting of infromation of individual abortions including the circumstances around them. The information gives policymakers and pro-life advocates more statistical information on abortions performed in the state, and the information is also used by crisis pregnancy center to better serve the needs of women. The bill also requires that the number of times judges bypass the parental notification requirement be recorded and reported. The indivudual reports will remain confidential, but the state will be required to issue an annual report on abortions and the other information collected.
Bill Prohibiting Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Coverage Sent to Governor's Desk
In a 17-11 Vote the Arizona State Senate voted to pass SB 1305, a bill that would stop the use of tax dollars, or any other public money, to fund abortion insurance coverage. The legislation, sponsored by Glendale Senator Linda Gray, would also opt Arizona out of abortion funding through the state insurance exchange in the new healthcare plan passed by the federal government. The bill was sent to the Governor's desk on April 20th, where she has five legislative days to sign it into law, veto it, or allow it to pass without her signature.
Arizona Right to Life is Thankful to Governor Brewer for Her Support and Signature of Pro-Life legislation
With the signature of SB 1304 and the expected signature of SB 1305, Governor Brewer has shown her committed support of advancing the Pro-Life agenda and protecting Arizona's unborn children. Be sure to express your support and thanks of these bills, and encourage her to continue her support in the future.