/ Modified apr 9, 2018 9:34 p.m.

Bill Requiring Abortion Reporting Passes Arizona House

Doctors would be required to tell why an abortion is performed

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AZPM Staff

Abortion providers would be required to ask a woman why she is having an abortion, and then report that information to the state, under a bill passed by the Arizona House on Monday.

Opponents of the bill called it "intimidation."

"For any other medical procedure, we don't ask or interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and ask the patient, 'Why are you doing this?' But when it comes to abortion, the government decides and is seeking to know the reasons why. I think that is overreach," said Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe.

Backers of the bill said it has to do with gaining information, not restricting abortions.

"It is not preventing abortion. It is not putting a huge burden on anyone but it is information that we can use as we continue to move forward in this process," said Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert.

The bill has previously passed the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for approval.

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