Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the Arizona Legislature that yesterday passed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on AUL Model Legislation, calling the measure “a life-protecting bill designed to ensure that women don’t suffer from the risks of a dangerous, late-term procedure.” This is the first state in the country to pass a late-term ban based on concerns over protecting women’s health by demonstrating that abortion is not only bad for the unborn child, it is also bad for women.

The bill now goes to Governor Jan Brewer for signature.

“The abortion industry’s war on women has left many injured people behind. This ban will protect women’s lives, despite the best efforts of the abortion industry to block reasonable limits on a procedure that becomes more dangerous with each passing month,” said Dr. Yoest. “Medical evidence demonstrates that abortion can cause serious physical and psychological complications—and the risk of those complications raises dramatically later in pregnancy. By prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, the Arizona Legislature has taken a vital step toward protecting the health of women in Arizona.”

The abortion industry commonly hides the sometimes deadly consequences of late-term abortions. The findings of fact included with the bill lay out some of the risks of late-term abortions, including higher medical risks and higher short-terms and long-term physical and psychological complications. For more information on AUL’s model legislation and the possible medical consequences of late-term abortion, go to AUL.org.

UPDATE: Gov. Jan Brewer later signed this bill into law.