Arizona Abortion Access Coalition Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Expand Abortion Rights, Prompting Controversy

The Arizona for Abortion Access coalition, comprising prominent advocates such as Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, is pushing for a constitutional amendment to expand abortion rights in the state.

The proposed amendment, likely to appear on the ballot, seeks to extend elective abortion access through the second trimester of pregnancy and legalize many abortions up to the moment of birth.

Key Provisions of the Proposed Amendment

If approved, the constitutional amendment would declare abortion as a fundamental right for every individual in Arizona.

It would prevent the state from imposing restrictions on abortion until the point of viability, with viability determined by the treating physician.

While some restrictions would be allowed after viability, post-viability abortions could still be performed if deemed necessary to protect the mother’s life, physical health, or mental health by the physician.

Concerns Raised by Opponents

Opponents, such as Arizona Right to Life, argue against the proposed amendment, citing concerns over its lack of restrictions on procedures like partial-birth abortion and its potential impact on parental rights.

They warn that the amendment could override parental consent requirements for minors seeking abortion and dismantle existing pro-life legislation in Arizona.

Opponents criticize the language of the proposal for creating loopholes and exceptions that could compromise protections for women and the unborn.

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