Arizona judge may uphold state’s nearly total ban on abortion


An Arizona Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that the state’s 1901 ban on nearly all abortions can be upheld, a decision that could see an appeal and energize women voters in the state’s U.S. Senate and take part in a fierce battle. gubernatorial races.

In ruling that Arizona’s near-total abortion ban could go into effect, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson granted a request by the state’s Republican attorney general to vacate a court order that blocked the enforcement of Arizona’s pre-statutory abortion ban after the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in Roe v. He decided in Wade in 1973.

“The court finds that since the legal basis of the 1973 judgment has been overturned, the judgment must be vacated,” Johnson wrote in the ruling released Friday.

The judge’s ruling outlaws all abortions in Arizona, except when the procedure is necessary to save the mother’s life.

The ruling drew swift condemnation from several Democratic groups that support abortion rights and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, who said she was “outraged and devastated” by the decision.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this draconian 1901 law will have dire consequences for the health and well-being of Arizona women and their families,” Hobbs said in a statement. “This cruel law outlaws abortion in Arizona, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and threatens women’s basic freedom to make their own health care decisions. … To make matters worse, this law calls for jail time for abortion providers. Medical professionals now They will be forced to think twice and call their lawyer to provide patients with the care they often need.”

Arizona GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. After Wade was overturned in late June, he led the legal process to try to enforce Arizona’s previous state ban, saying he was pleased with the decision:

“We applaud the court for upholding the will of the legislature and providing clarity and uniformity to this important issue. I have and will continue to protect the most vulnerable Arizonans,” he tweeted.

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