(CNSNews.com) – NARAL Pro-Choice America, a pro-abortion advocacy group, has dedicated its annual report on "the status of reproductive rights in America" to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for "her courage, principled stance, and commitment" to legalized abortion in America. The report was released on Friday.
“Prior to her appointment to this post, Napolitano served for six years as Arizona governor,” says the dedication of the 109-page report Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States. “During that time, she stood almost alone between Arizona women’s reproductive freedom and hostile, unrelenting legislators.”
The dedication credits Napolitano with vetoing "no fewer than eight anti-choice bills," including legislation NARAL said supported “biased counseling” and that required delays for women seeking an abortion.
Napolitano vetoed three bills, according to NARAL, that "would have made Arizona's existing parental-consent law even more burdensome on young women."
NARAL's dedication also criticizes current Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R.), who NARAL said has signed eight “anti-choice” bills since replacing Napolitano.
The dedication cites Kathren Coleman, manager of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, in criticizing Gov. Brewer's pro-life actions.
“Arizona’s new anti-choice governor is a willing participant in attacks on women’s privacy--a complete reversal of former Gov. Napolitano’s legacy as a defender of pro-choice values,” Coleman said. “Women are worse off today in Arizona than they were at this time last year, and that is simply unacceptable.”
In a “report card” on "reproductive rights" by state, which is part of the annual report, Arizona was given a “D” by NARAL, the same grade the organization gave to the country as a whole. The state ranked 28th out of 50 for its friendliness to abortion. Next-door California, by contrast, was ranked No. 1 for its friendliness to abortion, and received an A+ from NARAL. North Dakota, which ranked 50th, got an F, as did 19 other states.