Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that makes it a Class 3 felony to abort a fetus because of its sex or race.
The legislation allows the father of the aborted baby, or the maternal grandparents if the mother is a minor, to sue abortion providers who perform the procedure because the mother preferred a baby of a different gender or race. The bill was signed by the Republican governor on March 29.
Supporters of the law said that it will help prevent impulsive abortions based on discrimination.
"Governor Brewer believes society has a responsibility to protect its most vulnerable — the unborn — and this legislation is consistent with her strong pro-life track record," said Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson, quoted by ABC News.
Critics of the measure argue that there is no proof abortions have been performed because a mother was unhappy with her unborn child's sex or ethnicity. Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, accused lawmakers of setting up another obstacle to abortion by creating "more fear and uncertainty for the medical professionals providing the care," according to the media outlet.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion clinic, has been exposed for providing false claims. During a recent appearance on The Joy Behar Show, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that millions of women would lose access to "basic family planning" and "mammograms" if Congress eliminates the organization's funding.
However, pro-life group Live Action made phone calls to 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different States, and not one location offered mammograms. Several staffers admitted that no Planned Parenthood clinic provides the cancer-screening procedure.