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The Latest: Senate OKs abortion reporting bill

February 22, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on legislation boosting abortion reporting rules, allowing divorced parent to use frozen embryos (all times local):

4 p.m.

The Arizona Senate has approved legislation increasing reporting requirements for abortion providers and a second bill allowing a parent to use embryos during a marriage even after a divorce.

Thursday’s action sends the proposals to the House for action.

The abortion reporting proposal is fiercely opposed by most minority Democrats, who called it unnecessary and meant to shame women. Republicans in the Legislature regularly pass abortion restrictions and said it updates reporting to keep women safe.

It passed on a 17-13 vote, with one Republican opposed and one Democrat in support.

Democrats said the fate of fertilized human eggs is spelled out in contracts.

Republican Sen. Nancy Barto is trying to help a woman whose ex-husband doesn’t want children. It passed on an 18-12 vote.

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2:20 p.m.

The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to legislation increasing reporting requirements for abortion providers and a second bill allowing a parent to use embryos during a marriage even after a divorce.

Thursday’s action on the two bills sets up a formal vote that would send them to the House.

The abortion reporting proposal is fiercely opposed by minority Democrats but they didn’t speak during floor debate. Republicans in the Legislature regularly pass abortion restrictions.

Democrats did speak out against the embryo bill, saying the fate of fertilized human eggs is spelled out in contracts.

Republican Sen. Nancy Barto is trying to help a woman whose ex-husband doesn’t want children.

— The abortion reporting proposal is Senate Bill 1394 and the frozen embryo bill is Senate Bill 1393 .

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