Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 28, 2021 / 17:01 pm
The Catholic bishops of Arizona on Tuesday applauded the passage of an expansive state law that they say will help mothers and unborn children while saving lives.
SB 1457, signed into law April 27 by Gov. Doug Ducey, most notably prohibits abortions done solely because of a nonlethal genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome. The state already prohibits race and sex-selective abortions.
The law also confers to unborn children all civil rights afforded to born persons.
“SB 1457 continues Arizona’s legacy as the most pro-life state in the country and establishes that Arizona’s laws will be interpreted in the context of valuing all human life,” the bishops of Arizona said in an April 27 statement.
“This legislation looks forward to the day that Roe v. Wade is overturned and shows concern for both unborn children and their mothers.”
Arizona’s bishops include Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Thomas Olmsted and Eduardo Nevares of Phoenix, James Wall of Gallup, and John Pazak of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Phoenix.
Any doctor performing an abortion will be required to complete and affadavit stating that they are not aborting the baby because of a nonlethal abnormality, and the doctor must inform the woman it is illegal to do so.
A doctor who performs an abortion because of a genetic abnormality will be charged with a felony unless it was done “in a medical emergency.” The woman on whom the abortion is performed will not be criminally liable.