NEWSFLASH: New Arizona Anti-Abortion Bill not Really About Race or Gender

Though we’re quickly approaching the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Republicans seem to be giving women less and less to be celebrating. After a month of delivering their anti-abortion agenda, which has included attempts to defund abortion providers and redefine rape, the Arizona House has offered another hurdle in the quest for reproductive health accessibility. Today, Arizona passed a bill that would ban race- and gender-selective abortions.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Montenegro, has defended his legislation on the grounds that this is “an issue of equal protection.” Claiming that this has nothing to do with a woman’s legal right to have an abortion, Montenegro instead insisted that some abortions were taking place because mothers did not want daughters or a minority baby. He continued, “I introduce this bill to put an end to offensive and abhorrent practices which have no place in an egalitarian, multicultural society.”

But Democrats in Arizona have questioned whether race- and gender-selective abortions is even an issue in America, and have called this a bill “in search of a problem.”

In fact, this bill is insidious. If it becomes law, women would be forced to provide justification for wanting an abortion, and then seek the approval of an outside body to do so. In other words, it’s one more barely disguised attempt to slow down or stop all women from having abortions.

Click here to send a message to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Montenegro, informing him that this bill has nothing to do with so-called “equal protection”.

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  1. I'm surprised at this. . . thought the next step would be to require abortions for immigrant mothers carrying dreaded 'anchor babies.'

  2. Since when does Arizona care about equal protection?

  3. well, it passed in the house, not yet the senate. Still has a ways to go before it could become law. But I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it does become law.

  4. It is estimated that about 50 million girls have gone missing. They are aborted based on their sex. India has passed laws 18 years ago making it illegal for a medical practitioner to reveal the sex of an unborn baby. This law is rarely implemented because most of the government officials and judiciary are apathetic to this epidemic. This has caused the sex ratios to be extremely skewed in certain parts of India.
    Please read the following articles and the story of one lone woman, Dr Mitu Khurana, who has bought a case against the hospital, her husband and in- laws, who illegally found out the sex of her unborn twin baby girls and then tried to force her to have an abortion. She has been given the run around for four long years by the Indian judicial is the website-

    Can anyone give a voice to the 50 million girls that have been silenced forever? All Dr. Khurana is asking for is a chance to go before an unbiased judge and be heard. Can we all give a voice to the 50 million murdered and raise the question with Indian officials as to why they are silently witnessing the elimination of a whole generation. The silence of the Indian officials tell the story and makes us wonder if Dr. Khurana and the 50 million dead baby girls will ever see justice done.
    Please give those 50 million girls silenced forever, a voice. Please forward this to as many friends as possible.

  5. grace henneman says:

    I worked as a counselor speaking to women about their choices so they could be made without exploitation based on poverty, lack of medical care, or someone else trying to persuade them ( a mother, angry boyfriend). I think all women pro choice or life should work towards real choice and understand that women in other lands still face governments that want them to abort based on race creed or color or throw birth control in their neighborhoods for unsavory reasons. I know girls who aborted babies because their dad might get embarrased by their pregnanc

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