Only One Abortion Bill Filed for Arizona's 2018 Legislative Session

Feb 7, 2018

A proposal to boost abortion reporting by doctors, hospitals and the state's Medicaid plan is so far the only piece of legislation targeting the contentious issue before the Arizona Legislature this year.

The Arizona State Capitol Building
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The proposal from Republican Sen. Nancy Barto is tame in comparison to other laws passed by the GOP-led Legislature during each session in the past decade. It faces its first hearing on Wednesday.

Even though a bill filing deadline has passed, supporters of abortion rights are braced for more because abortion opponents often seek amendments or other last-minute changes later in the session.

The state Legislature and current and former Republican governors have consistently signed off on abortion restrictions. Some have been blocked by the courts or repealed after legal action by abortion-rights groups.