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Arizona's Common Sense By: Michael Reagan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, July 16, 2009

This week Arizona struck another blow in the fight to protect the unborn.

According to the pro-abortion lobby, the new legislation, signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, works to “creates barriers, increases costs and denies access to services and providers to women who seek abortion care.”

In my opinion, the bill is good news. This legislation is a long time in coming, full of the sort of common-sense steps those on both sides of the abortion debate should be able to get behind: a one-day waiting period, parental notification for minors seeking abortion, doctor’s disclosure about the risks and alternatives.

But even changes this straightforward had been stonewalled by former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, recently promoted to lead the Department of Homeland Security; she vetoed the same legislation when it reached her desk.

To her mind, it seems, we should make people wait before purchasing a hunting rifle, but dare not ask the same consideration before procuring an abortion. Our children can’t be given aspirin from the school nurse without our sign-off, but Napolitano stonewalled parental notification of abortion. Democrats want to examine every potential danger of every new food or product, but deny women the right to know about the life-altering impact of abortion.

Pro-choice Democrats have only offered knee-jerk resistance to these conversations, which reminds me just how important gubernatorial elections in both New Jersey and Virginia will be.

Right now New Jersey is one of the worst states for protection of the unborn and does not even have any sort of ban on the cloning of embryos for research. Both of these states desperately need more legal protection, and with one election a pro-choice governor could block any forward movement.

Next year, 37 more states will elect governors. With a pro-choice president merrily overturning the work of the last administration, it’s easy to keep our eyes on Washington, but the issue is important at a state level, as well.

It’s up to us to ensure that in every seat, at every level, we put the right people in place who will stand and put pen to paper to protect our next generation.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.

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