An Arizona Judge Just Reinstated a 150-Year-Old Total Abortion Ban

News September 26, 2022 News
An Arizona Judge Just Reinstated a 150-Year-Old Total Abortion Ban

Pro-choice supporters demonstrate at the Federal Courthouse in Tucson, AZ after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade in June 2022.

From Mother Jones | Politics by Abby Vesoulis, Reporter

Before Arizona was even a state, its first territorial legislature enacted a total ban on abortion in 1864.

On Friday, a state judge lifted a decades-old injunction blocking that law. Now, any person who helps “procure the miscarriage” for a pregnant person, “unless it is necessary to save her life” risks spending two to five years in prison.

Abortion initially remained legal in Arizona after the Supreme Court’s decision invalidated Roe. But questions about whether the 1864 ban—which was updated and ratified in 1901—sent a chilling effect through the state’s nine abortion clinics, causing some to stop providing abortion care due to fear of prosecution.

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