Mar 302011
 March 30, 2011  Posted by  Laws

David Schwartz of Reuters reports:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus.


A Planned Parenthood official in Arizona condemned the governor’s action in a statement to Reuters.

“This law creates a highly unusual requirement that women state publicly their reason for choosing to terminate a pregnancy — a private decision they already made with their physician, partner and family,” said Bryan Howard, the group’s chief executive.

The law contains no explicit provision requiring doctors to ask their patients their reasons for seeking an abortion, nor for patients to disclose such reasons. But opponents of the measure feel passage of the new law might make them feel more inclined to do so.

Read more on Reuters.

Maybe this news story should have been headlined, “Why we need a constitutional amendment to protect the right to privacy.”

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