Arizona Denounce Revived 1864 Abortion Ban

Arizona’s supreme court upheld a 160-year-old law that bans nearly all abortions, originating from a time before statehood. Passed in 1864, the law allows abortions only to save the mother’s life, without exceptions for rape or incest. While dormant for decades, it’s now back in focus following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Arizona Denounce Revived 1864 Abortion Ban

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Arizona‘s supreme court recently declared a 160-year-old abortion ban enforceable. The ban was enacted when Arizona was a territory, permits abortions only to save a patient’s life, without exceptions for rape or incest.

Republican figures, including state representative Matt Gress and state senator TJ Shope, denounced the decision.

Kari Lake, a Republican Senate candidate and Donald Trump loyalist, also expressed opposition, urging the legislature to find a “commonsense solution.”

The denouncement shows a shift in Republican discourse on abortion, amidst struggles to resonate with voters since the fall of Roe v Wade.

Barrett Marson, a Republican consultant, characterized the decision as unprecedented in Arizona politics, potentially affecting even safe Republican seats.

The legislature’s response contrasts with their immediate enforcement of the 1864 ban when Roe v Wade fell.

The 1864 ban is not yet in effect and faces legal delays, with abortion currently permissible in Arizona up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Governor Katie Hobbs and Attorney General Kris Mayes, both Democrats, have opposition to enforcing the ban.

Abortion rights enjoy support in Arizona, with one-third of voters prioritizing the issue in the 2022 midterms.

Activists have collected over half a million signatures for a ballot measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.

The Republican party’s response reveals a rift between GOP politicians and anti-abortion activists, as some Republicans distance themselves from previously supported bans.

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Former President Trump’s silence on the ruling contrasts with his recent statement advocating state-level decision-making on abortion laws.

The Supreme Court’s ruling reinstates a near-total abortion ban from 1864, but its enforcement remains uncertain due to legal.

Legal battles between Democratic state officials and Republican prosecutors could complicate the situation.

The ban could be overturned through legislative action or a referendum in November, with Democrats hopeful that the issue will energize their base.

The ruling’s fallout is expected to influence various election races in Arizona, with Democrats tying Republican candidates to the controversial ban.

Battles are unfolding in other states like Florida, where a six-week abortion ban faces a referendum to protect abortion rights.

Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, refuses to prosecute under the law, sparking legal clashes with Republican prosecutors. The law’s fate rests on legislative action or a referendum in November.

With 21 states imposing restrictions. Democratic leaders, including Vice President Kamala Harris, warning of potential national ramifications if Trump is re-elected.

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