Arizona’s state House of Representatives voted to enact a bill on Tuesday that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, sending the closely watched measure on to the Republican governor for approval.
House members passed the bill by a 37-22 vote. The measure would bar health care professionals from performing abortions after 20 weeks, except in the case of a medical emergency. Only a small number of these abortions are performed in Arizona.
The bill is the latest salvo in the long-running national battle over late-term abortions. Six states in the past two years have enacted bans based on hotly debated medical research suggesting a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.