A court has decided that Arizona must uphold an almost complete prohibition on abortion that dates back to 1864.
The judge removed a restraining order that prevented the implementation of a legislation permitting abortions only when doing so would save the mother’s life.
The US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade this year, which had decided that there was a constitutional right to an abortion.
States in the US have since been debating whether or not to sanction the surgery.
A two- to five-year jail penalty is imposed for anybody who assists someone in getting an abortion under Arizona law, which goes back to when the state was founded.
In 1973, following the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court, it was prohibited.
This order was removed on Friday by Judge Kellie Johnson of the Pima County Superior Court.
The White House criticized the judgment as “catastrophic, deadly, and unacceptable,” pointing out that there were no exceptions for rape and incest survivors or women who had medical issues.
The “cruelness” of it, according to Brittany Fonteno, president of Planned Parenthood Arizona, could not be emphasized enough.
She said: “No antiquated legislation should restrict our right to procreation.”
June saw the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
However, it did provide individual states the authority to enact their own restrictions, therefore abortion was not automatically made illegal.
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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.