Arizona Supreme Court reinstates near-total abortion ban from 1864

In a controversial decision, the Arizona Supreme Court has reinstated a near-total abortion ban that dates back to 1864. The ban, which prohibits almost all abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, had been struck down by a lower court in 2020. However, the Arizona Supreme Court’s recent ruling has brought the ban back into effect, sparking outrage and debate across the state.

The 1864 abortion ban is one of the oldest in the country, predating even the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. Under the ban, abortions are only allowed in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, with no exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities. This strict limitation on abortion rights has drawn criticism from pro-choice advocates, who argue that it violates women’s reproductive rights and puts their health at risk.

The decision to reinstate the near-total abortion ban has reignited the ongoing debate over abortion rights in Arizona and beyond. Pro-choice advocates have vowed to continue fighting against the ban, arguing that it is unconstitutional and goes against the principles of reproductive freedom. They warn that restricting access to safe and legal abortion services will endanger women’s health and well-being.

On the other hand, anti-abortion groups have praised the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision, hailing it as a victory for the rights of the unborn. They argue that the ban is necessary to protect the sanctity of life and prevent what they see as the immoral practice of abortion.

The reinstatement of the near-total abortion ban in Arizona has once again brought the issue of reproductive rights to the forefront of public discourse. As the legal battle over abortion rights continues to unfold, both sides of the debate are gearing up for a long and contentious fight. It remains to be seen how this latest development will impact women’s access to abortion services in Arizona and beyond.

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