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Arizona Supreme Court Set To Determine Fate of State’s Abortion Laws

Arizona’s abortion laws are at a critical turning point as the state Supreme Court gets ready to make a decision that could have far-reaching consequences. 

On Tuesday, the court is expected to announce its ruling in the Planned Parenthood of Arizona vs. Mayes/Hazelrigg case, which could determine the future of reproductive rights in the state.

The court’s decision will determine whether Arizona’s current ban on almost all abortions after 15 weeks will remain in place, or if the state will go back to a much stricter law dating back to 1864. 

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The latter law, which has its roots in the Civil War era, prohibited abortion in all cases except when it was necessary to save the life of the pregnant person and carried a prison sentence for providers.

In 2022, Arizona passed a law allowing abortions up to 15 weeks, with penalties for providers who perform abortions after that gestational age. 

The legal battle stems from the conflicting abortion laws.

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Arguments were heard by the Arizona Supreme Court last December, where abortion rights opponents argued for a return to the 1901 ban, while advocates urged the court to uphold the 2022 law. 

The Court of Appeals previously ruled that both laws must be reconciled, allowing abortions up to 15 weeks under certain conditions.

The court’s decision could significantly impact state elections and ongoing political debates. 

Reproductive rights advocates have been collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, a move that could be affected by the court’s ruling. 

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Additionally, the decision may influence the outcome of competitive races, with abortion emerging as a critical issue.

If the court upholds the 1864 ban, it could lead to the closure of abortion clinics in Arizona, similar to the temporary closures seen after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade. 

The enforcement of such a strict ban remains uncertain, with questions surrounding legal challenges and the role of state officials in prosecuting violations.

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The legal battle over abortion laws in Arizona has a long history, with Planned Parenthood previously challenging the 1864 law in 1971. 

While the Roe v. Wade decision temporarily halted enforcement of the ban, recent developments, including the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, have reignited the debate.

The case involves various stakeholders, including Planned Parenthood, anti-abortion advocates, and state officials. 

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Current Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes has declined to defend the 1864 law, leaving the defense to court-appointed intervenors and conservative legal groups.

The issue of abortion continues to evoke strong opinions from the public, with supporters and opponents of abortion rights closely watching the legal proceedings. 

The court’s decision will likely spark further debate and activism on both sides of the issue.

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