Arizona House passes bill requiring women to provide reason for abortion

Arizona House passes bill requiring women to provide reason for abortion
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The Arizona state House of Representatives passed a bill requiring women to provide the reason why they’re obtaining an abortion.

The bill, passed on party lines Monday, would require women to fill out an extensive questionnaire about their reasons to obtain the abortion, HuffPost reported.

Those questions include whether the woman is seeking an elective procedure for economic reasons or do not want a child, if the pregnancy could harm their health or the fetus's health or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.


The questionnaire doesn’t require the women to provide their identify, but does ask for their race, age, educational background and marital statues, as well as information on other pregnancies and abortions.

The state Senate has already passed a version of the bill and will now review the amendments made by the House, according to HuffPost.

GOP state Rep. Eddie Farnsworth said the measure was about “getting information,” but refused to allow questions to be added about access to sex education and affordable health care.

Democrats and pro-choice advocates slammed the legislation.

State Rep. Athena Salman (D) voted against the bill, saying that “it’s none of the government’s business why a woman is getting an abortion.”

And Jodi Liggett, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, told Bustle that the bill is “about making the abortion experience as shaming and degrading as possible for people, to thereby discourage them from following through with their decision.”