A territorial-era legislation that bans abortions besides to save lots of the lifetime of a mom will stay in impact, a Pima County judge stated Friday, dashing hopes of abortion rights advocates who sought to place the legislation on maintain whereas they problem it in court docket.
Planned Parenthood Arizona this week requested Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson to place a maintain on enforcement of the 1864 legislation, which prescribes jail phrases for abortion suppliers. The request got here three days after Johnson lifted an injunction that had left the 1864 legislation dormant for practically 5 many years.
The newest order will do little to resolve widespread confusion over abortion legislation in Arizona, which started in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned precedent set in its Roe v. Wade determination, which legalized abortion up till a fetus might survive exterior of the womb.
Allowing the 1864 legislation to take impact, as Johnson has now completed by way of two court docket orders, creates extra stress to resolve the conflicting legal guidelines on the books amid a midterm election year during which abortion is a prime concern for voters.
Earlier this year, Arizona lawmakers and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey enacted a legislation banning abortions after 15 weeks. Ducey has stated that legislation ought to prevail.
This week, Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich and advocates for abortion rights discovered themselves in a novel position of settlement on not less than one factor: calling on Ducey to convene a particular session of the Legislature to find out which legislation prevails. Brnovich additionally requested Ducey to make clear his stance in a authorized submitting.
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