Last April 27 the English paper The Guardian published an article about Arizona’s governor signing a law prohibiting abortion. The article highlights the ban on abortions based on genetic defects but the bill goes much further, granting civil rights to the fetus recognizing it as a person.
Fetus personhood recognized
The article says “The abortion bill as originally written made it a felony for a doctor to perform the procedure because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down’s syndrome, and contained a slew of other provisions, including one that confers all civil rights to unborn children. Democrats call that “personhood” provision (is not the right term because nobody can provide personhood it is an ontological condition) a backdoor way to allow criminal charges against a woman who has an abortion.”
From a bioethical and humanitarian perspective, Arizona’s ban has relevant importance. If the fetus has a biological status of an individual of our species appears to be of common sense that it has a human person’s status (read HERE and HERE). Until we know is the first ban to support the status of a person of the nasciturus from conception. We congratulate the solid scientific and anthropological foundation of this bill.
The new law also will forbid any state money toward organizations that provide abortion care and requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated, forbidding state universities from providing abortion care.
Democrats lamented the governor’s action, including representative Diego Espinoza of Tolleson. “Governor Ducey’s decision to sign SB1457 is not pro-life. It is anti-families, anti-woman, and anti-doctor,” Espinoza tweeted. “I’m disappointed to see Arizona moving in this direction, ignoring the needs and desires of doctors, women, and families for an extreme political agenda.”