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"Center for Arizona Policy" shuts down abortions in Arizona???

Aug 2, 2013

Arizona Republic

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy gives some lousy reasons against gay marriage From this article it sounds like Cathi Herrod's "Center for Arizona Policy" has been rather successful in using government to force their religious beliefs on the people of Arizona.

Abortions in Arizona down 7.4% in 2012, report says

By Alia Beard Rau The Republic | azcentral.com Fri Aug 2, 2013 12:45 PM

Abortions in Arizona declined 7.4 percent in 2012, according to an annual Arizona Department of Health Services abortion report released this week.

Since Gov. Jan Brewer took office in 2009, Arizona has passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. Several of those laws, some delayed for years by court battles, went into effect in late 2011 and resulted in Planned Parenthood of Arizona halting abortions at eight of its 13 clinics.

Women seeking an abortion in Arizona must first meet with a doctor at least 24 hours in advance and must agree to an ultrasound. Only a physician may now perform abortions. Parental consent for an abortion must be notarized.

A law passed last year banning most abortions after 20 gestational weeks of pregnancy, similar to the one Texas passed last month, has been halted while it moves through the courts.

According to the annual Arizona Department of Health Services report on abortion data, abortions remain up overall since 2002. But a large spike in abortions since 2010 is most likely due to a change that year in abortion reporting requirements, according to the report.

The conservative advocacy group the Center for Arizona Policy has written most of the abortion legislation in recent years.

Center spokesman Aaron Baer called it the numbers a significant win. He credited a combination of state legislation and efforts by advocates and crisis pregnancy centers with the decline.

“We’re starting to see what Arizona’s pro-life movement can accomplish,” he said.

Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, advocated against must of the legislation in recent years. She said she would like to see more analysis of the data.

“I don’t think anybody is pro abortion, but what I would like to know is the reason for seeing less abortions,” she said. “If people have what they need and they are planning pregnancies, great. But if it’s just because they can’t access (abortion services), that’s a problem.”

The data also indicates that the average age of the women receiving an abortion was 31 years old. There was an increase from 2011 in the rate of women age 18-19 getting abortions, while the rate for minors remained stagnant. The vast majority of women seeking abortions were unmarried. About 64 percent had not had a previous abortion.

Approximately 26 percent of the abortions were for Hispanic women, followed by 14.5 percent for non-Hispanic White women and less than 1 percent for African-American women.

About 68 percent of the abortions were surgical, while 32 percent were performed using medication. This was a slight decline compared with 2011 when 62 percent were surgical and 37.5 were nonsurgical.

The majority of abortions in 2012, 99 percent, were elective while less than one percent were for medical reasons. Sixty-six percent of abortions were performed at eight or fewer gestational weeks. Fewer than 1 percent were performed at or beyond 21 weeks.