The top prosecutor in Arizona has spoken out on the state’s abortion laws. Attorney General Mark Brnovich tweeted that the abortion ban law, which has been on the books for over 120 years but was set to be repealed by SB 1164, is now “back in effect.” SB 1164 was set to take effect in about three months.
The Arizona State Senate passed and Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1164 in March, which would have prohibited abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy unless the mother’s health was in danger.
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Brnovich has stated that he will petition a judge to overturn the injunction that was instituted after the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, allowing individual states to establish their own abortion regulations.
Arizona Attorney General Says Law That Bans Abortion In Territorial Areas Is In Effect
Senate Republicans had initially argued that a law prohibiting abortions except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger was in effect throughout the territory. Under ARS 13-3603, if an abortion is performed for any reason other than saving the mother’s life, the abortionist faces two to five years in prison.
Brnovich’s announcement was deemed “cruel and callous” by the director of Planned Parenthood in Arizona. President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona Brittany Fonteno said in a statement, “Today’s announcement is a cowardly move by the chief legal officer of our state and will be catastrophic for people seeking abortion care in Arizona.”She added her organization plans to go to court to fight against the law. “No one should be forced to flee their community and cross state lines in secret to access essential health care,” she said.
“It’s a devastating day in Arizona. We are outraged by Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s cruel and callous effort. Abortion providers and their patients have been living in a state of distress, confusion, and chaos since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade just five days ago. Now, our extremist Attorney General has announced his plans to reinstate an antiquated, enjoined 1901 law that will ban all abortion in Arizona until the new law takes effect. It’s unconscionable and drastically out of line with the 7 in 10 Arizonans who support abortion access.”
Our office has concluded the Arizona Legislature has made its intentions clear regarding abortion laws. pic.twitter.com/jvjKXaXKwd
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) June 29, 2022
“Today’s announcement is a cowardly move by the chief legal officer of our state and will be catastrophic for people seeking abortion care in Arizona. Planned Parenthood Arizona is prepared to fight back in court against the Attorney General’s efforts because no one should be forced to flee their community and cross state lines in secret to access essential health care. Everyone deserves the legal right and ability to access abortion, regardless of where they live, and we are hopeful that we will soon be able to block this law in court. But Planned Parenthood’s doors remain open to provide other essential sexual and reproductive health care services. We stand with you. Now, and always.”
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