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Arizona sued over ban on abortions based on sex, race

May 29, 2013

Arizona Republic

Abortion should be a pretty simple issue. If you think abortions are wrong then don't have one.

Of course our government masters don't want to use that common sense on this issue. Instead they think abortion is wrong and are planning on using the force of the government to prevent woman from having abortions.

Arizona sued over ban on abortions based on sex, race

Associated Press Wed May 29, 2013 12:08 PM

Civil rights groups are suing Arizona to block a 2011 law that bans abortions based on the race or sex of the child and makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two civil rights groups. They say the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women based on stereotypes and the sponsors’ beliefs that Asian and black women may choose an abortion because of race or the baby’s sex.

The suit seeks an injunction blocking the law.

Republican Rep. Steve Montengro was a sponsor of the 2011 law and says it was needed to protect the dignity of life and not allow abortions based on sex or race.


Posted on May 29, 2013 12:01 pm by EJ Montini

State sued, again, over abortion law

Arizona is getting sued – again – due to a misguided, overreaching anti-abortion law passed by the legislature.

So what else is new?

Just last week the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona law that would have outlawed abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Arizona law, passed in 2011, was struck down by a unanimous three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit (including a conservative appointed by the first President Bush), which wrote in part, “A woman has a constitutional right to choose to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable. A prohibition on the exercise of that right is per se unconstitutional.”

Being “per say unconstitutional” doesn’t mean much in the abortion argument.

The abortion argument is more about emotion.

More about appeasing powerful political interests.

Now the state is being sued for having passed HB 2443, a classic solution in search of a problem.

The law outlaws abortions performed to prevent the births of female and minority babies.

There is no evidence this is a problem in Arizona.


All the law does, in essence, is raise unnecessary and unwarranted suspicion of African American and Asian American women.

So the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit on behalf of the NAACP of Maricopa County and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

In challenging the law, Mariam Yeung, Executive Director of NAPAWF, issued a statement that reads in part:

“HB 2443 perpetuates anti-immigrant sentiment by unfairly stereotyping Asian women who seek an abortion. This is deeply offensive to our community.

“By assuming Asian American women, because of our culture, will choose to terminate pregnancies based on sex, this law turns Asian American women into suspects and encourages invasive scrutiny of our motives that other women would not be subjected to. The law is cloaked in the language of civil rights and equality for women, but it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing…”

Funny (not in a ha ha way), that’s a description I’ve heard more than once for the Arizona Legislature.