by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2008
Tucson, AZ (LifeNews.com) — The Tucson Citizen newspaper has gone further than just reporting on the issue of abortion and is asking Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to veto three pro-life bills. The measures help allow parents to know about their teen’s decision to have an abortion, ban partial-birth abortions, and a third bans nurses from doing abortions.
Regarding HB 2263, the bill that helps ensure the state’s parental notification law is required and judicial bypasses are not so easily obtained, the newspaper says, "We opposed that law and still do."
The newspaper says judge’s shouldn’t be told what information to consider when approving the waiver allowing a teen to have a secret abortion.
The Citizen makes mention that the judicial bypass should be used in cases when teens are victims of sexual abuse, but doesn’t acknowledge that the waiver is used in non-abuse cases where parents should have a right to know.
The paper calls HB 2769, the ban on partial-birth abortions, "redundant" and "mean-spirited." state3052.html
While the paper admits the gruesome three-day-long abortion procedure that includes partially birthing a child and then killing her is "horrible," it doesn’t think abortion practitioners who use the illegal abortion method should be prosecuted.
Finally, the ban on nurses doing abortions limits abortions but also follows the typical pro-abortion argument that abortion should be "between a woman and her doctor."
The paper opposes the bill and complains that "overworked" abortion practitioners at Planned Parenthood in Tucson must rely on a nurse to do an invasive surgical procedure that normally would required a licensed physician.
"We don’t know about the nurse practitioner’s qualifications," the paper admits, but it still wants the governor to veto the bill.
ACTION: Contact Governor Napolitano and ask her to sign the three pro-life bills into law. View this page for contact information. Also, contact the Citizen newspaper with your rebuttals at [email protected].