(CNS News) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on Tuesday legislation that prohibits abortions sought or performed on the basis of race or gender.
House Bill 2443, or the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011” makes it a felony for a physician to “knowingly or intentionally” perform an abortion because of the race or gender of an unborn child or the parent of that child.
The law bars anyone from performing an abortion if they know the abortion is being sought because of sex or race of the child or the race of a parent of that child.
It specifically requires abortionists to sign an affidavit saying they have no knowledge that the abortion is being performed because of the baby’s sex or race. And it allows the father of the unborn child — or in some cases, the maternal grandparents of the unborn child — to file civil suits against doctors who violate the law.