AZ Unite Women to Hold Rally Against War on Women at State Capitol Saturday
A woman is lurking under the crusty exterior of Governor Jan Brewer, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the laws she inks.
On April 12, Brewer signed HB2036, also known as the “Mother’s Health and Safety Act.” The law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks “except in cases when the life or health of the mother is at risk.” As if getting an abortion wasn’t traumatic enough, the law also requires women to receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion just so they can see the fetus growing in their belly before terminating the pregnancy.
Like most things in Arizona, this story only gets crazier.
The state Legislature also recently passed HB2625, which exempts employers from providing contraception in their healthcare coverage. The Senate could send the bill to Brewer for her signature this week.
But the icing on the cake is the Legislature’s current push to defund Planned Parenthood by barring any non-abortion related public funding to the women’s health clinic.
In response to the series of regressive laws targeting women’s health and reproductive rights, AZ Unite Women, a branch of the national UniteWomen.org, is organizing a rally at the state Capitol this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.