Arizona Initiative to Ban Abortion, Proposition 110 (1992)

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The Arizona Initiative to Ban Abortion, also known as Proposition 110, was a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in Arizona, which was defeated in the statewide election on November 3, 1992.

  • This proposed amendment prohibits abortion except to save a mother's life or in cases of reported rape or incest. Furthermore, in cases of reported rape or incest, public funds may not be used for abortions.[1]

Election results

Arizona Proposition 110 (1992)
Defeatedd No975,25168.54%
Yes 447,654 31.46%

Official results via: State of Arizona Official Canvass

Text of measure

The text of the ballot read:


Proposed amendment to the constitution by the initiative
The Preborn Child Protection Amendment to the Arizona Constitution.


Amending Arizona Constitution to prohibit abortion except to save the mother's life and, as provided by the legislature, in cases of reported rape or incest; prohibit use of public funds for abortion; prohibit civil or criminal liability of a woman having abortion; provide for attorney guardian for preborn.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

A citizen initiative:
The Preborn Child Protection Amendment to The Arizona Constitution.
Section 1. No public funds shall be used to pay for an abortion, except when that procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.
Section 2. No preborn child shall be knowingly deprived of life at any stage of biological development by any person except to save the life of the mother. However, the Legislature shall provide for exceptions only in those circumstances where pregnancy results from an act of either reported sexual assault or reported incest.
Section 3. This amendment shall not subject any woman to criminal prosecution or civil liability for undergoing an abortion.
Section 4. Any court of competent jurisdiction, upon request, shall appoint a licensed attorney as a special guardian to represent preborn children, as a class, for the purpose of protecting their rights under this amendment from deprivation by any person.
Section 5. This amendment shall not affect contraceptives or require an appropriation of public funds.[1]


Those in support of the amendment include:[1]

  • Christian Family Care Agency
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Arizona
  • Arizona Family Research Institute

Arguments in favor of the amendment include:[1]

  • The state should do everything it can to save the lives of preborn children.
  • Many citizens believe adoption is a viable alternative with many childless couples waiting years to adopt.


Those in opposition to the amendment include:Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

  • League of Women Voters of Arizona
  • Pro-Choice Arizona
  • Arizona Right to Choose, Inc.
  • Clergy for Choice
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern Arizona
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona

Arguments in opposition of the amendment include:[1]

  • The proposition would eliminate a woman's legal right to choose whether or not to continue with pregnancy.
  • The proposition does not make exceptions for pregnancies that would injure a woman, possibly permanently.
  • The proposition only covers "reported" rapes, while many rapes go unreported, and it would offer those women no choice.
  • The proposition does not allow a woman to have an abortion even if there would be known birth defects, no matter how severe.
  • The proposition does not protect the doctors and nurses assisting in an abortion from liability, as it would the mother.
  • Abortions will merely become part of the black market if they are legally outlawed.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 State of Arizona 1992 Ballot Proposition voting guide
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.