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Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement on Governor Ducey Signing Bill to Ban Abortions at 15-Weeks Gestation into Law

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ARIZONA – The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) are grateful that Governor Doug Ducey has signed into law legislation (SB 1164) that is designed to further protect women and their unborn children.

Depending upon the outcome of litigation currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a very good chance that Arizona will have the opportunity to also protect life at 15-weeks gestation.

Protecting life at this stage of development is important. Well before 15 weeks, the preborn baby already takes on “human form” in all relevant aspects. In fact, by 12 weeks of gestational age she can already open and close fingers, make sucking motions, and sense stimulation from outside the womb.  Perhaps because of these reasons, the 15-week ban in SB 1164 is much more in line with the rest of the world in terms of abortion laws.

Finally, it is recognized by the abortion industry that women seeking abortions do so because of stressful circumstances, financial pressure, and relationship discord.  This is a tragedy, and it is the reason why we continue to advocate for solutions to these problems other than the taking of an innocent life through abortion.

For these reasons, the ACC appreciates Senator Nancy Barto for sponsoring SB 1164 and Governor Doug Ducey for signing it into law!

Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix
Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix
Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup
Most Rev. Edward J. Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson



ARIZONA – Los obispos de la Conferencia Católica de Arizona (ACC) agradecen que el gobernador Doug Ducey ha convertido en ley el Proyecto (SB 1164) que está diseñado para proteger aún más a las mujeres y sus bebés por nacer.      

Dependiendo del resultado de la demanda legal que se está llevando actualmente ante la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos, existen muy buenas posibilidades de que Arizona tenga la oportunidad de proteger también la vida a las 15 semanas de gestación.

Proteger la vida en esta etapa del desarrollo es muy importante. Mucho antes de las 15 semanas, el bebé en el vientre materno ya tiene “forma humana” en todos los aspectos relevantes. De hecho, a las 12 semanas de gestación la bebé ya puede abrir y cerrar sus manitas, se chupa el dedo, y es capaz de percibir sensaciones de estimulos que provienen fuera del utero. Quizás por estas razones, la prohibición de 15 semanas en el Proyecto de Ley SB 1164 está mucho más en línea con el resto del mundo en términos de leyes sobre el aborto.

Finalmente, la industria del aborto reconoce que las mujeres que buscan abortar lo hacen debido a circunstancias estresantes, presión financiera y discordia en las relaciones. Esto es una tragedia, y es una de las razones por las que continuámos  abogando por soluciones a estos problemas que no incluyan el acabar con una vida inocente a través del aborto.

!Por estas razones, la Conferencia Católica de Arizona (ACC) le agradece a la Senadora Nancy Barto por patrocinar el Proyecto de Ley  SB 1164 y al Gobernador Doug Ducey por convertirlo en ley!

Reverendísimo Eduardo A. Nevares
Obispo Auxiliar de la Diócesis de Phoenix
Reverendísimo Thomas J. Olmsted
Obispo de la Diócesis de Phoenix
Reverendísimo James S. Wall
Obispo de la Diócesis de Gallup
Reverendísimo Edward J. Weisenburger
Obispo de la Diócesis de Tucson


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