(Associated Press) Civil rights groups on Wednesday sued Arizona to block a 2011 law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the child that makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women based on stereotypes and the sponsors’ beliefs that Asian and black women may choose an abortion because of race or the baby’s sex. Arizona is the only state that bans race-based abortions, although others bar abortions because of sex.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of two civil rights groups and wants an injunction blocking the law, which makes it a felony for anyone to knowingly perform or provide financing for an abortion sought based on race or gender. The law also requires doctors to question patients and file an affidavit swearing that’s not the reason for the abortion.
Republican Rep. Steve Montenegro, a co-sponsor of the 2011 law, said it’s designed to prevent discrimination.