Steele: Bill ‘will force victims to suffer another trauma’
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today in the House Federalism and States’ Rights Committee, Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), revealed that she was the victim of sexual violence as a child when she spoke against SB 1318.
“This bill would require women who are seeking an abortion after being traumatized by rape or incest to share personal, private and emotional information with an insurance company if they want coverage for the procedure. It will force victims to suffer another trauma. Telling my story today was difficult, and I have had years to deal with and recover from the incident. I can’t imagine the position this legislation would put recent victims in if they attempt to get medical care,” Steele said. “Additionally, this bill endangers doctors who provide a legal, medical service to women by making the doctors’ personal information public. The bill is inappropriate on many levels. Politicians should not be creating laws that target women and doctors.”
SB 1318 would prevent health care plans offered through any Arizona health care exchange from providing coverage for abortions with some exceptions, including rape and incest. The bill would also require medical providers to report their personal information to the Arizona Department of Health Services. To view the bill in its entirety, go to http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1318&Session_Id=114&image.x=0&image.y=0.