Arizona Legislator Wants to Make Sure You're Not Getting Abortion Based on Race or Sex

Categories: I'm Only a Bill
When Representative Steve Montenegro's done talking about race-based abortions, maybe he can tackle some other non-issues like stiffer regulations for unicorn ranches.
State Representative Steve Montenegro seems to think he represents a district in China -- where aborting babies based on sex or race might actually be a problem.

Montenegro's introduced two bizarre bills into the legislature -- one that would require women getting an abortion to sign a document promising they aren't aborting the pregnancy based on sex, and another promising they aren't aborting their pregnancy based on race. Under the proposed law, anyone caught doing so could be slapped with a class-three felony.

Nobody wants to see a baby aborted for either of those reasons -- if those sort of things were actually happening in Arizona, which they're not.

"There is no indication that this is even an issue," Planned Parenthood Arizona spokeswoman Cynde Cerf tells New Times.

We asked Cerf why Representative Montenegro would even bother addressing such a non-issue. She says "this is just to further damage the reputations of women who get an abortion."

"This bill is trying to create the impression that women and families have abortions based on race or sex," she continues.
Montenegro did not immediately respond to an email this morning.

The bill is being heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee today, which means we will be paying our elected officials to -- yet again -- sit around and discuss a problem that doesn't actually exist.

Even if the bill does become law, and someone actually wanted an abortion for one of those reasons, we'd love to hear Montenegro's plan to enforce it -- in other words, lying about why you want an abortion isn't all that tricky.

We'll let you know if Montenegro gets back to us.

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This is nonsense. I'm pretty sure people can lie. What a bunch of assholes we've elected.

The Third Trimester
The Third Trimester

Of all the reasons for abortion I've ever heard - the gender or ethnicity of the fetus was never one of them. Substance addiction, economics, and family disapproval are typical.Mr. Montenegro might want to have himself cryonically preserved until, say, the year 2095, when, God forbid, his stupid bill might be more apt to be considered.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

No wonder our state is going bankrupt with nut cases like these in charge.


Steve, instead of issues like this, you really need to be focusing on that bill banning Sharia law. Where are your priorities?


I can't wait until one of these wing-nuts introduces a bill that requires people to register with the government BEFORE they have sex that "might result in a pregnancy" so they can determine time exact time at which the woman's eggs were fertilized.

This is the logical end result of these anti-abortionists trying to make the case that "life" (as it relates to constitutional protections) begins at conception and needs to be protected from the actions of a woman in whose body that life exists.

No longer will we be putting the date and time of birth on those long-form certificates, it's gonna be the time of conception - IF those Birther types have their way. Talk about intrusion of the goverrnment into your personal lives!

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