Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sen. Lopez Statement on HB 2564

“HB 2564 is an attack on every Arizona woman’s moral decision making authority and her basic human rights. HB 2564 assumes that Arizona woman are incapable of making decisions about their reproductive health in conjunction with their physician and their family. It assumes that this legislature knows what is best for a woman who is making one of the most difficult decisions of her life. It puts this legislature squarely between a woman and her physician and between a woman and her family. This legislature has no business in either place.”

HB 2564 changes existing statute regarding parental notification and provides new requirements physicians must follow regarding informed consent. It also allows health professional to refrain from having to facilitate or participate in the provision of emergency contraception, abortion or abortion medication.

HB 2564 was passed in the Senate today and returns to the House of Representatives for a final vote.

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