Arizona Abortion restrictions

Governor signs bills on guns, abortion

by Matthew Benson, Casey Newton and Amy B Wang – Jul. 14, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed into law tight new restrictions on access to abortion in Arizona, imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure and requiring that minors first receive written, notarized consent from a parent or guardian.

Abortion restrictions

For abortion opponents, Monday’s bill signings were long-sought victories.

One by one, similar measures had appeared on then-Gov. Janet Napolitano’s desk for six years. And, one by one, she vetoed them.

So, perhaps no group was more excited than social conservatives by Napolitano’s resignation in January and the ascension to the Governor’s Office of longtime abortion-foe Brewer. Their enthusiasm was palpable Monday.

Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, said the imposition of an abortion waiting period is a “signature pro-life piece of legislation.”

“Governor Brewer today has shown Arizonans that she cares about the values that matter most to them: protecting life and protecting families,” added Cathi Herrod, president of the conservative Center for Arizona Policy. “These bills protect women, children, parents and the civil rights of health-care workers.”

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