PHOENIX — Arizona may enforce a near-total abortion ban that has been stalled for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics across the state must stop providing procedures to prevent criminal charges being filed against doctors and others medical workers to avoid.
An injunction has long blocked enforcement of a law that was on the books before Arizona’s nationalization, banning nearly all abortions. The only exception is when the woman’s life is in danger.
The ruling also means people who want an abortion will have to go to another state to get one.
An appeal against the verdict is likely.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson’s decision came more than a month after she heard arguments about Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s motion to vacate the injunction. It was shortly after the US Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which stated that women have a constitutional right to an abortion.
The Supreme Court overturned Roe on June 24, saying states can regulate abortion as they please.
What is permitted in each state has shifted with the actions of legislators and courts. Abortion bans at any stage of pregnancy are in force in 12 Republican-led states.
In another state, Wisconsin, clinics have halted abortions over litigation over whether an 1849 ban is in effect. Georgia bans abortions once fetal cardiac activity has been established, and Florida and Utah have bans that take effect after 15 and 18 weeks of pregnancy, respectively.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/arizona-judge-state-can-enforce-near-total-abortion-ban/ The state can enforce an almost total ban on abortion