In what is being hailed as “one of the most pro-life pieces of legislation in the United States,” Arizona’s rock star, conservative governor, Doug Ducey recently signed SB1367 into law, protecting babies who are born alive and requiring healthcare professionals to act in order to save the life of the baby.
Another important milestone in this bill is its first-in-the-nation definition of what it means to be “delivered-alive.” By not placing age limits on a baby when it is born-alive, this definition correctly assigns personhood to babies at any age. It is a definitional flag-planting from Arizona, making it clear that the state will fight to protect life at any age.
The bill’s author is State Senator Steve Smith, who has consistently been the Arizona’s legislative leader on protecting life. Sen. Smith stated. “In light of recent cases in Arizona, where babies survived an abortion and were born alive, and no care was provided to them by clinic staff, it was time for the Legislature to take action. In Arizona, a baby lay on a cold steel table for over an hour before the baby died. In a second case, a baby survived an abortion but the facility didn’t have the requisite medical facilities to provide the necessary care, and the baby died on the way to the hospital.”
Senator Smith (whom insiders view as the early favorite to challenge Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District) went on to say, “I want to thank Gov. Ducey for having the courage to sign this most important legislation. I believe his actions will literally save lives of the most vulnerable among us. He’s the kind of pro-life leader this nation can look to in every other state.”
Those of us in the pro-life movement can rejoice in what Gov. Ducey has done in Arizona. From Phoenix, a fire of life can spread throughout the nation. Gov Ducey exemplifies the type of successful pro-life leadership that acts as an example to the entire nation.