Following the Arizona Senate’s passing of a bill in late February mandating abortion providers and physicians request information from women undergoing abortions, pro-abortion advocates gathered at the state Capitol to protest the measure and make grotesque claims.
The scene witnessed one protester yelling that she would have figured out a way to kill her unborn child even if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been around. “I would’ve gone home and tried to figure it out on my own, I would not have stopped until I was no longer pregnant,” Arizonan Serena Kneirim said, according to Cronkite News. Kneirim told Cronkite that she previously had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
The protest comes in response to Arizona’s Senate Bill 1394 that requires women wanting an abortion to explain their reasons for aborting. The measure mandates the doctor or medical professional assisting them to provide comprehensive information about the risks of abortion. Doctors are required to select at least one of 11 reasons, including questions about the woman’s emotional and physical health, according to The Arizona Republic. Reasons include not being able to afford a child, not wanting a child, being raped, a husband having an extramarital affair, abuse and others. (RELATED: Arizona Senate Passes Abortion Bill Requiring Women To Tell Docs Why They’re Aborting)
“What this bill does, it upgrades and updates the way we ask these questions in order to make sure that we’re getting accurate information,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Nancy Barto, said, according to U.S. News & World Report. “It’s important in order for us to really understand policymaking going forward and how to better serve women in the policies that go to protecting the unborn when they choose abortion.”
“Better data means better service,” Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod said, according to The Republic. Doctors would be required to keep patients’ names and other identifiable information confidential, she noted. The information would be used only to make health services better and would not pose a privacy concern
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