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Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills Included in Ariz. Senate Filings

Arizona lawmakers have proposed two antiabortion-rights bills, AP/AZ Family reports.

One of the measures (SB 1485), introduced by Senate President Andy Biggs (R), would prohibit state employees from making donations to abortion providers via payroll deductions. It also would codify Gov. Doug Ducey's (R) decision last year to cut Planned Parenthood from the list of organizations to which state employees can donate via the state government's charitable campaign.

The other bill (SB 1474), introduced by state Sen. Nancy Barto (R), would bar abortion providers from selling or transferring fetal tissue for research purposes.

Jodi Liggett, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Arizona, said while the affiliate does not transfer fetal tissue for research, "We ... along with all the other Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country, do support research." She added, "It's vital. I think the Legislature is likely to hear from the scientific community that this bill is overbroad and ill-advised because there has been life-saving research based on fetal tissue" (Christie, AP/AZ Family, 2/2).