Thursday, December 10, 2015

Arizona is the Only State Banning Abortions Targeting Black Babies, But Will the Pro-Life Law Stand?


By Micaiah Bilger 

Arizona became the first state to pass legal protections for unborn babies targeted for discriminatory race-based abortions in 2011.

Since then, the law has bounced back and forth through numerous challenges in court, filed by pro-abortion civil-rights groups. Today, the law goes before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Republic in Arizona.

The court will consider whether the pro-abortion groups that filed the lawsuit have legal standing to challenge the law, the report states. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed the challenge to the law on behalf of the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

The pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is defending the law on behalf of its key sponsor, Arizona state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

“No one should be subjected to abortion because they’re the wrong sex or race,” Montenegro previously said about the law. He pointed to a 2010 Economist magazine article on “gender-cide” that documented a bias against black babies and said many abortions on black babies are done because of the race of the child.

Speaking about the lawsuit in 2014, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox told LifeNews: “Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and that’s especially true of any babies targeted for death simply because of their sex or race. Nothing about an abortion committed on the basis of sex or race is medically necessary or constitutionally protected. The fact that groups who supposedly exist to protect the interests of minorities and women are attacking this law is scandalous.”

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