Arizona House Passes Two Bills Aimed At Abortion Providers
March 3, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Arizona's House of Representatives approved two bills on Feb. 28 that target the State's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
According to The Associated Press, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of two pieces of legislation. One would require clinics that provide only medication-induced abortions — as opposed to surgical procedures — to follow State requirements, which include offering patients ultrasound images of their fetuses before an abortion, as well as an opportunity to listen to the child's heartbeat if one is audible.
"They can have the opportunity to see the humanity of that unborn child," Representative Peggy Judd (R-Willcox) said, quoted by the media outlet.
The other bill would eliminate the income tax credit that individuals receive for making donations to Planned Parenthood. Both bills, which passed by identical 40-18 votes, now move on to the Arizona Senate.
The United States House of Representatives is considering a Republican-backed bill called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would prohibit the funding of these procedures through Medicaid and prevent employees from deducting insurance plans that cover abortions.