For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Contact: Cindy Dahlgren
A Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President, Cathi Herrod, Esq.
The abortion industry’s lawsuit is a desperate attempt to stand in the way of Arizona law protecting the preborn from discrimination. We do not discriminate against people with disabilities, nor should we discriminate against them in the womb.
The recently passed and signed bill, SB 1457 banning abortions based on genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome, is an extension of existing law that bans abortions based on sex and gender. A federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a similar ban just this past April.
In addition, the new law’s proclamation that the preborn have the rights and privileges of other persons is taken from a Missouri preamble that has been in effect since 1989. It does not confer personhood, it states that it’s the policy of Arizona to protect preborn children to the greatest extent possible, given Supreme Court precedents.
I fully anticipate Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich will vigorously defend this commonsense law, and I am confident it will be upheld in court.
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