The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld new abortion regulations which require any woman seeking an abortion to meet face-to-face with the licensed physician performing the abortion at least 24 hours prior to the abortion.
The law also requires that parental consent forms be notarized in order for a minor to get an abortion. Health care providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists, may refuse to participate in abortions, provide contraceptives, or give out the "morning after pill" if they have moral or religious objections. The law also prohibits anyone who is not a licensed physician from performing an abortion.
The law includes chemical abortions, such as the abortion regimen RU-486, which means that nurse practitioners will no longer be permitted to perform any type of abortion.
"Arizona is one of many states in recent months to pass common sense regulations on abortion," says Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law. "This history of abortion on demand will one day be remembered as the worst chapter in American history. The Supreme Court's abortion decision in 1973 betrayed the Constitution by distorting it into something unrecognizable."
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