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Brewer gets bill on race, gender selection abortions

Arizona legislators have completed action on a bill to ban abortions for people who want them because of race or gender.

The House on Wednesday sent the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer after accepting Senate changes to a House-passed version.

The legislation would make it a felony to perform or provide financing for an abortion sought because of the fetus’ race or sex of the fetus or a parent’s race.

Supporters say the measure is an important statement against discrimination and for life.

Critics say there’s no evidence that selection abortions occur in Arizona and that doctors could face time behind bars if they lose a newly required affidavit that an abortion isn’t for selection purposes.

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