Ariz. Legislature approves abortion constraints

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that imposes new restrictions on abortion, including a mandatory waiting period and a requirement for state-scripted disclosures by doctors.

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The Senate's 16-12 vote Tuesday completes legislation action on the measure, which the House approved in March.

The bill next returns to the House for transmission to Gov. Jan Brewer, an abortion critic who has voiced support for key elements.

The 16 "yes" votes were the minimum needed for passage by the 30-member Senate.

Under the bill, women would have to wait for 24 hours after their initial visit to the abortion provider before undergoing the procedure.

So-called "informed consent" provisions would require doctors to give women specific information about risks and alternatives.

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