Arizona Governor OKs Coercion Questions Before Abortions

Apr 16, 2018

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation requiring abortion clinics to ask women if they are victims of sex assault, incest or sex trafficking and provide them with ways to contact law enforcement if they say yes.

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit AP Photo/Matt York

The Republican governor signed the measure Friday, just days after the Senate and House approved the measure backed by the Center for Arizona Policy.

The legislation boosts provider reporting requirements and requires patients be asked if they are being coerced into seeking an abortion or are abuse victims. Women don't have to answer.

All but one Democrat opposed the measure, saying it is designed to shame women. All but one Republican supported it, arguing the questions are needed to protect women.

Ducey routinely signs anti-abortion legislation.