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County prosecutor wants to help defend Arizona abortion law

PHOENIX — Maricopa County’s top prosecutor and a state legislator are asking for court
permission to help defend an Arizona law that bans abortions based on the race
or sex of the child.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of two civil rights groups challenges the law, which
also makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion.

The suit contends the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women
based on stereotypes and beliefs that Asian and black women may choose an
abortion because of race or the baby’s sex.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, state Rep. Steve Montenegro and a Christian public policy group are
requesting intervener status in the case.

They said the 2011 law resulting from legislation sponsored by Montenegro
protects unborn children from racial and sexual discrimination.


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