Saturday, January 21, 2006
Arizona Considering Bill Requiring Physicians to Notify Women Seeking Abortion that Fetus Can Feel Pain
On Wednesday, the Arizona House Health Committee voted 5-1 to approve a bill (HB 2254) that would require physicians to notify women who are seeking an abortion that after 20 weeks' gestation their fetus can feel pain. Physicians are exempted from the requirement if a women's life were in danger or if there were a serious risk of significant and irreversible damage of major bodily functions. If the legislation becomes law, a physician who refuses to comply with the regulation would have his or her license suspended or revoked. Source: kaisernetwork.org. The complete story may be found here (last visited January 21, 2003, reo). A copy of HB 2254 can be found here (last visited January 21, 2006 reo).