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Arizona Bans Race and Sex-Selective Abortion

Banning Race and Sex-Selective Abortions Confronts a Problem That Doesn't Exist

Yesterday, Arizona became the first state to make abortions based on sex or race a felony. But there's no evidence selective abortions are actually happening.

Most abortions take place before doctors can determine the sex of a fetus. As for race, Republican lawmakers argued the law was needed because a large percentage of abortions are sought by minority women, implying that minority women abort fetuses due to their race. That's some serious twisting of logic. The higher number of abortions among minorities just couldn't have anything to do with low access to birth control or a higher rate of poverty, could it?

So what's the real motivation for the law? Opponents argue the intention is to create obstacles for minorities seeking abortion. And by creating categories of criminalized abortions, all Arizona women might now have to justify their abortions. It also gives rights to a fetus which opens the door for criminalizing abortion in general.

A statement from the governor's spokesperson on the law suggests that's the goal, "Governor Brewer believes society has the responsibility to protect its most vulnerable, the unborn."

What do you make of the new law?

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