by Jen Swedish, Health Law Fellow,
National Women's Law Center
After two previous attempts were thwarted by governor’s veto, anti-choice legislators in Arizona have finally managed to enact a state copycat of the federal abortion ban upheld in Gonzales v. Carhart. Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision upholding a ban on an abortion procedure some doctors deemed necessary to protect a woman’s health without an exception to protect a woman’s health, many states have eagerly tried to copy the ban, wanting to enact their own version.
And, Arizona was no different. During the legislature’s 2008 session, then-Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed two state copycat bans. Not to be deterred, anti-choice legislators introduced a third copycat ban early in 2009, hopeful that it would fare better under Napolitano’s replacement, Governor Jan Brewer. Although we hoped that the state legislature would reject the copycat ban, the bill passed the House in March and passed the Senate last month.
Gov. Brewer signed the copycat bill into law last week, proving – unfortunately – that the third time’s the charm.