Thursday, June 19, 2008
Napolitano should veto unneeded abortion bills
PHOENIX -- The out of touch Arizona Legislature is at it again. While the Grand Canyon State heads toward shutdown as critical budget problems are not being solved, the GOP leadership prioritizes pushing unneeded and unwise abortion bills, which Gov. Napolitano should veto.
As a family man with a wife, daughter and sister, I favor holistic family planning as an alternative to reduce abortions, as do most people. Strong family planning programs prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions, but too many people in Arizona don't have good access to these essential options.
It's simply unacceptable that many anti-choice lawmakers fight both proper family planning and any abortion rights, instead insisting on failed 'abstinence only' programs. This is a fringe position that ignores reality and the views and values of most people.
I cannot support heavy-handed political meddling on tough personal medical issues that should be between women and their doctors and nurses.
One of our State Reps in district 29, Linda Lopez, voted against bad bill SB 1048. LD29's other Rep, Tom Prezelski, did not vote.