Yesterday the Arizona House passed HB 2641 by a vote of 34-21 requiring minors to obtain parental consent before obtaining an abortion. Only 2 Republicans opposed it including one from CD8—Pete Hershberger from LD26. It would be interesting to place a list of intrusive medical procedures in front of these two Republicans to see which, if any, they would agree should require parental consent. Is the issue for them about parents having too much control over their children, or is it simply that abortions should be available anytime, under any circumstances, and to anyone, regardless of age or maturity?
Pete Hershberger, term limited after this term, will likely run for the LD26 state senate seat in a primarily conservative district. Social conservative Al Melvin has already thrown his hat in the ring for the job. It will be interesting to watch how issues like this play out in the election.