Outrage As Arizona Revives 1864 Abortion Ban


Arizona Supreme Court Justices from left; William G. Montgomery, John R Lopez IV, Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer, Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel, Clint Bolick and James Beene listen to oral arguments on April 20, 2021, in Phoenix. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, April 9, 2024, that the state can enforce its long-dormant law criminalizing all abortions except when a mother’s life is at stake. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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In a decision that has ignited widespread anger, the Arizona Supreme Court has reinstated an archaic 1864 law criminalizing nearly all abortions in the state. The law, a relic from before Arizona’s statehood, threatens to imprison anyone involved in performing or facilitating an abortion, except in cases where the woman’s life is in danger, offering no exception for rape or incest.

Arizona now joins the ranks of states with the most severe abortion restrictions, spotlighting the battle for reproductive rights as a central issue in the upcoming 2024 elections.

The law subjects physicians to potential imprisonment, drawing fierce criticism from Democrats, including President Joe Biden, who condemned the law as cruel and an attack on women’s freedoms fueled by a Republican agenda.

In response to this draconian ruling, Vice President Kamala Harris has pledged to fight for reproductive freedoms, highlighting the ruling’s potential to shutter abortion clinics across the state of Arizona.

The state’s Democratic Attorney General, Kris Mayes, has vowed not to enforce this oppressive law, labeling the court’s decision as unconscionable.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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