Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law the Mother’s Health and Safety Act, a pro-life bill which strengthens current state laws to safeguard maternal health and protect Arizona’s unborn.
Under the new law, HB 2036, healthcare professionals are prohibited from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergencies.
In giving her approval, Republican Gov. Brewer said the legislation is consistent with her “strong track record of supporting common-sense measures to protect the health of women and safeguard our most vulnerable population — the unborn.”
The Arizona House passed the legislation on a 37-22 vote; the Senate approved the measure last month. In 2011, 174 abortions were performed beyond 20 weeks.
In passing this law, Arizona joins six other states that value human life. Nebraska enacted its legislation in 2010 and five other states — Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and South Carolina — followed in 2011.