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Arizona and Idaho among states that took action against abortion this week

The Republican governor of Arizona, meanwhile, has signed into law a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks, similar to the Mississippi law currently before the US Supreme Court.

And in Idaho, abortion providers are suing to try to end the state’s six-week ban on most abortions.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed into law a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies. The bill does not offer any exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

With Ducey’s signature, Arizona became the first state this year to enact a ban after 15 weeks, following similar legislation passed by Mississippi in 2018 that the US Supreme Court appears set to uphold. enforce this year.

Republican lawmakers in Arizona had approved the bill last week, without support from Democrats.

The bill goes into effect 90 days after the end of Arizona’s legislative session.

Florida and Kentucky have passed similar 15-week abortion bans, which await action by their respective governors.

Kentucky sends sweeping abortion bill to governor’s office

Kentucky’s majority GOP legislature on Tuesday approved a sweeping abortion bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, restrict access to medical abortion and make it harder for a minor to get an abortion in the state.

The bill was sent to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday, though it’s unclear how he will act. The governor has not pledged to support any abortion bills in the legislature and told reporters last month that he believed “health care decisions should be made between a patient and his doctor.

Beshear can choose to sign the bill or allow the legislation to become law without signing it. If he were to veto the bill, however, Republicans have the majority to easily replace him.

The bill would require that drugs used in a medical abortion be provided only by a qualified physician, who is a person licensed to practice medicine and in good standing in Kentucky. A number of requirements must be met before dispensing drugs, including an in-person examination and informing patients about the risks of using abortive drugs. Medicines cannot be sent by post either.

Abortion providers file lawsuit to block Idaho’s six-week abortion ban

Arizona and Idaho among states that took action against abortion this week
Abortion providers are suing to overturn Idaho’s six-week abortion ban, which was the first such bill enacted this year that mimics a controversial Texas law.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the providers argued that the Idaho law violated several provisions of the state constitution and asked the state Supreme Court to intervene before the law comes into effect. effective April 22.

Like Texas law, Idaho’s measure bans abortions after fetal heart activity is detected, which falls about six weeks into pregnancy, when many people don’t yet know they are pregnant.

Also similar to Texas, Idaho law allows certain family members of the fetus to take legal action against the abortion provider or medical professional who breaks the law – a provision of the law that Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little raised concerns even as he signed the bill last week.

The new court battle comes as efforts to block the Texas version of the law, which took effect in September, have been unsuccessful in federal courts.

Maryland passes measure that would allow more abortion providers

Arizona and Idaho among states that took action against abortion this week

Maryland’s Democratic-controlled legislature has passed a bill that would expand abortion access in the state, sending it to the office of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

House Bill 937, titled the Abortion Care Access Act, would allow more medical professionals to perform an abortion procedure, rather than just one licensed doctor. Under the bill, a “qualified provider” would include a nurse practitioner, midwife, physician assistant, or anyone licensed or certified to perform abortions in the state.

The measure would also establish a state program to further train and diversify abortion providers and require the governor to allocate $3.5 million to the program each year.

The legislation would also require most health insurers and Maryland’s Medical Assistance Program to cover abortion care services.

The bill would come into force on July 1, while the bill’s insurance provisions are expected to be met by January 2023.

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