Arizona must uphold a judge-ordered nearly complete prohibition on abortion that dates back to 1864.
The judge removed a restraining order that prevented the implementation of a statute that only permitted abortions when the mother’s life was in danger.
The Roe v. Wade decision, which established that there was a constitutional right to abortion, was reversed this year by the US Supreme Court.
Since that time, US states have been debating whether or not to sanction the practice.
For anybody who assists someone in getting an abortion, Arizona law, which dates back to when the state was founded, carries a two- to five-year jail penalty.
After the Supreme Court’s famous Roe v. Wade decision, it was stopped in 1973.
On Friday, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson removed this order.
The White House criticized the decision as “catastrophic, deadly, and unacceptable,” with a spokeswoman emphasizing the absence of exclusions for rape and incest survivors or women with medical issues.
Brittany Fonteno, the president of Planned Parenthood Arizona, asserted that it was “cruel” beyond words.
No antiquated legislation ought to limit our freedom of reproduction, she said.
In June, Roe v. Wade was declared invalid.
Although this did not immediately make abortion illegal, it did give each state the authority to enact its own restrictions.
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To further complicate matters, Arizona, along with a number of other Republican-led states, enacted laws outlawing abortions beyond 15 weeks earlier this year in preparation for the eventual overthrow of Roe v. Wade.
It is now unclear whether ban—the 15 weeks or the almost complete one—will take precedent.
Arizona’s Republican governor Doug Ducey said the 15-week ban would apply, while Mark Brnovich, the state’s attorney general, said the older prohibition should apply.
Since doctors and abortion facilities are unsure of which legislation will go into force, getting an abortion has been more challenging in Arizona recently.