Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 28, 2021 / 17:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Catholic bishops of Arizona on Tuesday applauded the passage of an expansive state law that they say will help mothers and unborn children while saving lives.
SB 1457, signed into law April 27 by Gov. Doug Ducey, most notably prohibits abortions done solely because of a nonlethal genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome. The state already prohibits race and sex-selective abortions.
The law also confers to unborn children all civil rights afforded to born persons.
“SB 1457 continues Arizona’s legacy as the most pro-life state in the country and establishes that Arizona’s laws will be interpreted in the context of valuing all human life,” the bishops of Arizona said in an April 27 statement.
“This legislation looks forward to the day that Roe v. Wade is overturned and shows concern for both unborn children and their mothers.”