Arizona enacts law requiring doctors to tell patients abortions can be reversed

The law also limits public insurance coverage for abortion

Published March 31, 2015 2:11PM (EDT)

  (AP/Danny Johnston)
(AP/Danny Johnston)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed a controversial bill to require doctors to tell women who undergo medication abortion that the procedure can be reversed, despite no medical or scientific evidence to substantiate the claim. The law also bans abortion coverage for insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act, except in cases of rape or incest.

"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," Ducey said in a statement.

Arizona is already one of several states that requires doctors to acquire admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions. The new law, however, also dictates how physicians interact with patients, and was criticized by just one Republican for requiring that doctors indicate to women that medication abortion is reversible. Reproductive rights advocates have also challenged that provision of the law, calling it infantilizing.

"It is just insulting to her intelligence to imply that she isn’t capable of making a decision and following through with that decision," NARAL Arizona board member Gabrielle Goodrick told RH Reality Check. "We trust women can make their decisions as consenting adults."

By Jenny Kutner

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