Thursday, March 31, 2011
New Arizona Law Criminalizes Abortion Based on Embryo or Fetus's Sex or Race
ABC News: Arizona Outlaws Abortions Based on Race or Sex of Fetus, by Ellen Tumposky:
Doctors Could Face Prison Sentences Under New Measure
Arizona has made it a crime to perform an abortion because of the sex or race of the fetus. The bill, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer Tuesday, aims at doctors or other abortion providers. It allows the father of the aborted baby -- or the maternal grandparents if the mother is a minor -- to take legal action against an abortion provider, who could face up to seven years in jail and the loss of their medical license if convicted.
Proponents of the new measure said it protected against capricious abortions performed because parents preferred a baby of a different race or gender. . . .