Arizona abortion laws have recently become stricter while the situation is mixed in neighboring states.
Like many other states, Arizona recently passed laws making it more difficult to get an abortion. A 2015 law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital in case an abortion has complications that would require more medical care for a woman.
According to Arizona law
, a minor cannot get an abortion without the written consent of a parent unless they are emancipated or get an order from a judge. That law has been in effect since 2001.
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The Pro-Choice America
group lists Arizona among states that have tried to enact the most restrictive bans on abortion. Neighboring New Mexico also has restrictive bans, but offers more generous exceptions than Arizona, including exceptions for rape and incest as well as the health of the mother.
The Guttmacher Institute said Arizona
, Utah and Nevada require abortions to be performed by licensed physicians. California and Colorado do not. Arizona’s neighbors Colorado and New Mexico do not restrict at which point in a pregnancy abortions are allowed. In Arizona, abortions are not allowed after the point of viability. This is similar to the California and Utah laws. Nevada specified 24 weeks, which is generally considered to be the point of viability.
Colorado, New Mexico and California have no waiting period for abortions. Arizona specifies that a woman must wait 24 hours after counseling before an abortion can be performed. Utah has one of the most restrictive waiting periods in the nation, requiring patients to visit a doctor’s officer 72 hours before an abortion can be performed.
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Arizona is bordered on the south by Mexico. In Mexico, abortion laws are very restrictive. The Los Angeles Times said abortion protests
are common in that country and laws, while determined on a state-by-state basis, are very limiting. Most states only allow abortion in life-threatening cases or if a fetus is severely malformed.
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