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The state reported there were 729 abortions in Arizona during September -- a decline of almost 31 percent from September 2010, nearly 32 percent from August of this year and 39 percent from the monthly average for the last year, the Associated Press reported Oct. 12.
The decrease in abortions came after the Arizona Court of Appeals unanimously upheld in August a 2009 state law that places limitations on abortion services. The Abortion Consent Act mandates only doctors perform abortions; requires women to receive full information 24 hours beforehand on abortion, its risks, fetal development and alternatives to the procedure; mandates parental consent for minors, and protects freedom of conscience for pro-life, health-care workers.
Even a strong advocate for the new law was surprised by the difference in the number of abortions.
"I don't know that I ever expected abortion numbers to drop, so I kind of feel like, 'O ye of little faith,'" said Cathi Herrod, executive director of the Center for Arizona Policy, according to CitizenLink.com. She said her organization is "very encouraged."
Source: Baptist Press | Tom Strode
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