News in brief: April 2011
Doctors in Arizona are concerned that new legislation aiming to cut public funds for abortions could affect the state’s medical training programmes.
The bill, HB 2384, would make it illegal for public funds to be used to train doctors to perform abortions. It has already gained preliminary House approval, with Debbie Lesko, the Republican who crafted the legislation, saying that she had been told by lobbyists from hospitals that they could “live with the restriction.”
But the move has alarmed Democrat Representative and doctor Matt Heinz, who said that the University of Arizona’s obstetrics and gynaecology programme is required as part of its national accreditation to provide training on how to perform an abortion, and that while students are not required to accept it, it must be available. “If the obstetrics and gynaecology programme at the university loses accreditation, 200 residents that are currently actively training . . . will