The Arizona legislature on Tuesday approved a new bill that would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and other facilities.
Abortion rights groups are pushing for the new law to be blocked, and a judge ordered the state to provide a hearing on the issue.
The bill passed the House on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday.
It was approved by both chambers last year and signed into law in January by Gov.
It requires women seeking abortions to meet with a doctor at a nearby hospital within 10 days of the procedure, or undergo an ultrasound at a clinic that complies with the state’s standards.
Ducey signed the law despite opposition from reproductive rights groups and a lawsuit filed by Arizona’s two largest abortion providers, the Arizona Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood of Arizona.
The state has been embroiled in a court battle over the law, and last month the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case.
But on Tuesday, as the House was voting on the bill, a handful of women and their supporters stood outside the House chamber chanting, “Don’t pass this law!
No abortion, no birth control, no doctor’s office, no hospital!”
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Amanda Fritz, R-Tucson, requires doctors performing abortions in the state of Arizona to have at least one physician-assisted outpatient clinic in their area.
The law also requires doctors to obtain admitting privileges in nearby hospitals.
It’s a requirement that is not currently part of existing regulations in Arizona.
According to the Arizona Association of Health Plans, the bill will have a substantial impact on the state budget, with the estimated cost of operating a hospital for a full year at $3.8 million.
The bill would require the state health department to spend an additional $3 million on the hospital care, according to the association.
The organization’s executive director, Susan Guttmacher, said that the bill has already caused substantial harm to Arizona women.
“Women are being forced to pay for unnecessary and unnecessary hospital care.
That’s not good for Arizona,” Guttmsaid.
“It’s really unconscionable that there are two bills that have already been introduced that would limit women’s access to safe and legal abortions in Arizona.”
Guttmsafamily said the legislation will create new regulations for doctors, who are already required to have a hospital within 100 miles of their facilities.
“We believe that doctors will not be able to operate in our communities, so we’re going to ask them to come to our state of the art health care facilities and meet with our doctors, which will mean that there will be less time for doctors to visit patients and that doctors won’t be able meet with women, and we’re calling on them to do that,” said Gutts’ attorney, Paul Hirsch.
The group is also asking the legislature to require a “comprehensive medical assessment” of women seeking abortion in order to have their abortions.
“There will be more doctors who will not meet with their patients, and fewer women will be able access safe and reliable care,” Hirsch said.
The House voted 7-2 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate for a vote.
Duceys office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
A previous version of the bill required abortion clinics to have one-week waiting periods and that abortion doctors be licensed in order for them to perform abortions.
The new version does not require that clinics meet the new requirements, according the Arizona Republic.