Arizona law requiring doctors to ask women seeking an abortion their reasons takes effect

By The Christian Post

People walk past a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015. | (Photo: Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

A new law in Arizona that requires doctors to ask pregnant women considering an abortion a series of questions regarding their reason for wanting the procedure has taken effect.

Last year, the Arizona Legislature passed Senate Bill 1394, which requires abortion providers to report additional items, including the reason a woman sought to terminate their pregnancy. The law took effect on Jan. 1.

Elisa Medina, executive director of Hands of Hope Tucson, a Christian pro-life pregnancy center, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday that she supported the new law.

“I think any time we can gather good data from women choosing abortion it helps us understand her challenges and provide possible solutions leading to fewer abortions,” said Medina.

“Abortion is a permanent decision. Asking a woman why she is considering abortion could open the door to provide resources that may give her the courage and support to continue her pregnancy.”

The new law also has its critics, among them Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Executive Director Jodi Liggett.

“This mostly is an attempt to intimidate patients from seeking abortion care and to make providing abortion care burdensome administratively,” said Liggett in an interview with kvoa.com. “Nobody is against having more or better information, but as we do in Democracies, we have to draw a line somewhere around people’s privacy.”

Regarding the concerns about privacy and being a source of intimidation, Medina told CP that she believed “it is irresponsible for medical providers to avoid asking important questions such as, ‘Could this pregnancy be a result of sexual assault?’"

Source:The Christian Post