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Critics Question Science Behind AZ Abortion Bill

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women the effects of an abortion medication might be reversible.


It is believed to be the first time such legislation has passed in the U.S. Critics say there's no science to back up the provision.

The proposal by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix is primarily designed to bar women from buying any health-care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

Senate Bill 1318 is backed by the conservative lobbying group Center for Arizona Policy.

Supporters say the bill ensures tax dollars don't support abortions. Opponents say the bill is another attempt by politicians to insert themselves into women's health-care decisions.

The bill will now go to Gov. Doug Ducey.

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