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2012 Legislative Summary

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Supported Legislation 2012

HB 2616 - Medically Accurate Sex Education for Arizona Schools
Sponsor: Representative Hobbs
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned

This bill required schools to incorporate medically accurate and comprehensive sex education.

HB 2331 -Emergency Contraception to Rape Victims
Sponsor: Representative Tovar
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
This bill required health care providers serving female rape victims to inform them about emergency contraception and to assist them in obtaining it if requested. It also required pharmacies to carry and have staff on duty to fill prescriptions. This bill established an awareness campaign regarding emergency contraception when funds are available.


NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Opposed Legislation 2012

SB 1009 - Promoting Childbirth in Schools
Sponsor: Senator Barto
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 12, 2012
Requires schools to provide curriculum that place a preference on childbirth and adoption over abortion in all instruction related to the topic.

SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Birth (Doctors Can Withhold Care)
Sponsor: Senator Barto
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 17, 2012
Affords protection to doctors who withhold information or provide appropriate medical testing if they think it may lead the patient to choose abortion. Parents of special needs children deserve all the time possible prepare, and women deserve to have all of the available information when deciding what to do about a pregnancy.

SB 1360 - Gamette (Egg) Donation State Records
Sponsor: Senator Barto
Status at Sine Die: Held in committee
Directs a physician or designee to provide gamete donors with a description of the potential uses of their gametes, establishes various reporting requirements of patient information to the Department of Health Services (DHS) and requires advertisements for egg donations to include risk information.

SB 1361 - In Vitro Fertilization Reporting Requirements to State
Sponsor: Senator Yarbrough
Status at Sine Die: Held in committee
Requires physicians assisting with reproductive technologies to provide patients with prescribed informed consent and disclosures and to report patient information to the Department of Health Services (DHS); establishes penalties for noncompliance.

SB 1365 - Exercise of Religious Preference (Even for Otherwise Unprofessional or Unethical Conduct)
Sponsor: Senator Yarbrough
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on May 11, 2012
Prohibits the government from denying, revoking or suspending a professional or occupational license based on a person’s exercise of religion, even where those beliefs come into conflict with the order of care or business and who engage in otherwise unprofessional conduct. Specifies religious organization’s rights when contracting for goods and services.

SB 2036 / HB 2838 - 20 Week Ban, Dates Pregnancies to Menstrual Cycle, Additional State Reporting and "Informed Consent” Regulations
Sponsor: Representative Yee
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 18, 2012
Bans all abortions after 20 weeks except in medical emergencies, without exception for the health of the pregnant woman or for major fetal anomalies.It requires physicians providing abortions to have admitting privileges at the nearest hospital; forces all women to undergo ultrasounds prior to an abortion; and adds unnecessary regulations to clinics performing abortions. This law also adds new barriers to minors seeking abortions. Abortion Ban Stayed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 21, 2013

HB 2625 - Allows Employers to Deny Contraception Insurance Coverage in Company Healthcare Plan for Religious Beliefs
Sponsor: Representative Lesko
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 12, 2012
Allows any business in Arizona to refuse contraception coverage as part of its health benefits package; where a prescription is not for preventing pregnancy, the woman may have additional barriers to securing otherwise covered healthcare benefits; and removes protections for women accessing birth control outside of the employer’s insurance plan from being fired.

HB 2627 - Restricts Working Poor Tax Credit Program From Organizations that Perform, Pay, Provide, or Refer for Abortion
Sponsor: Representative Lesko
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 2, 2012
Prohibits organizations which "performs, pays for, refers to, or provides coverage for” abortions from participating in a dollar-for-dollar tax credit program from assisting agencies which serve the working poor.

HB 2800 - Restricts All State Contracts from Organizations that Perform, Pay, Provide, or Refer for Abortion
Sponsor: Representative Olson
Status at Sine Die: Signed into Law by Jan Brewer on April 12, 2012
Prohibits state contracts to be awarded to any organization which performs abortions, or owns a facility where abortions are performed. U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake granted Planned Parenthood of Arizona's motion for summary judgment on February 8, 2013,

 
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