Brewer approves abortion constraints

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PHOENIX -- Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has reversed her predecessor's approach toward abortion bills and signed a measure imposing an array of new restrictions.

The restrictions in the bill signed Monday include a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before getting an abortion after a visit to the abortion provider. That visit would have to include state-scripted disclosures by doctors about risks and alternatives.

Also, an existing law on parental approval for minors seeking to end pregnancies would be toughened. In addition, pharmacists and other health care providers will be able to refuse to hand out emergency contraception on moral or religious grounds.

Former Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, had vetoed all bills sent to her that restricted abortion rights.

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