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AZ Senate OKs bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks

AZ Senate OKs bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks

CREATED Mar 27, 2012

Web Producer: Alexa Vogtritter


PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has approved a sweeping bill that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and institutes disclosure mandates.
   
It also requires the state to set up a website with images of fetuses at various stages of development for women to view.
   
The 20-week abortion ban, which does not apply in medical emergencies, would affect a tiny percentage of abortions performed in Arizona.
   
Democrats argue that doctors cannot determine to a precise week how far along the pregnancy has progressed.
   
Republicans supporting the measure dispute that, saying the risks to women's health after 20 weeks are much greater. They also claimed that after that point in development, a fetus can feel pain.
   
The bill, which passed on a 20-10 vote, returns to the House for final approval.

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