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March 31, 2011

Statement on Anti-Choice Arizona Law

Washington, D.C. – NARAL Pro-Choice America and its Arizona affiliate joined with their partners the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Generations Ahead, and SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto H.B. 2443, which imposes criminal penalties on doctors who provide abortion care with the knowledge that issues around race and sex are a factor in a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. 

NARAL Pro-Choice America, which tracks and analyzes choice-related legislation at the state level, counts Arizona as one of the most actively anti-choice states. In 2010, Arizona enacted five anti-choice measures, more than any other state.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Kathren Coleman, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, issued the following joint statement regarding the enactment of this latest anti-choice measure:

“No patient should ever be subjected to more scrutiny or control based on her racial or ethnic background.  This law inappropriately highlights racial and ethnic differences by singling out women of color for greater questioning and regulation.  It is nothing more than a disingenuous ploy to block access to abortion under the guise of anti-discrimination policy. Instead of attacking a woman’s right to choose, lawmakers with a sincere interest in addressing racism and sexism should support policies that work to combat the bias and stereotypes that continue to plague our society.”

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