Senate Bill 1318 prohibits women who purchase coverage from federal health care exchange to take abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest.
In a statement, Ducey said, “The American people overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, and it’s no different in Arizona, where we have long-standing policy against subsidizing them with public dollars.
“This legislation provides clarity to state law.”
According to LA Times, Sen. Steve Smith, voting in favor of the motion, affirmed that taxpayers should not pay for abortions.
“And that’s what this bill does,” he said during the reading of the bill in the Arizona Senate. “It removes that gimmick, it removes that accounting creativity that is in Obamacare.”
However, it was discovered by AZ Fact Check last month that the insurers are already disallowed from using public funds to pay for abortions.
The website of AZ Fact Check is a joint collaboration among the Arizona Republic, Arizona State University’s journalism school and a local NBC affiliate.
State Sen. Katie Hobbs, voting against the legislation, said that the provision “requires medical professionals to commit medical malpractice.”
“This is junk science. It is quack medicine,” she said. “There is absolutely no evidence anywhere in any peer-reviewed journal that supports this as a valid medical procedure.”
According to the Affordable Care Act, optional abortion coverage can be bought by the state. Although women pay a small extra fee, abortion opponents assert that the amount of the fee does not satisfy the actual cost. Advocates for abortion rights dispute that.
Shortly after Ducey signed the bill, a statement was released by Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood.
“Instead of delivering on his campaign promises to reduce the negative stigma our state has taken on because of extreme and out-of-touch politics, Gov. Ducey has put Arizona once again in the national spotlight for interfering in the medical decisions of women,” the statement said.
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