Arizona’s 15-week abortion law goes into effect

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Arizona’s 15-week abortion law goes into effect

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Arizona’s 15-week abortion law has gone into effect after an appeals court in Tucson ruled the law can go forward.

The court’s ruling found that the 15-week abortion ban was lawful and that it overruled a near-total ban from when Arizona was a U.S. territory.

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“Under this construction, our contemporary statutes permit physicians to perform elective abortions up to fifteen weeks but only in conformity with a host of exacting regulations. Our original law continues to outlaw abortions under all circumstances not permitted by that subsequent legislation. This construction results in a coherent and easily applied statutory scheme. It is the only construction that comports with the legislature’s direction that each of the statutes regulating abortion continue to have force and effect,” Judge Garye Vasquez said in the decision.

The law, which bans abortions after 15 weeks except when the mother’s life is in danger, was passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) in March. Three months later, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in the decision for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, paving the way for states to restrict abortion procedures.

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Arizona Attorney General-elect Kris Mayes (D) campaigned on a vow not to prosecute abortion providers despite what state laws may dictate.

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