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Arizona Supreme court revives 160-Year-Old ban on abortion

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Arizona Supreme court revives 160-Year-Old ban on abortion

The Arizona Supreme Court has decided to enforce a law from 1864 that severely restricts abortion. This law, dating back before Arizona’s statehood, makes abortion a crime punishable by prison time, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.Arizona Supreme court revives 160-Year-Old ban on abortion

The decision could lead to the closure of all abortion clinics in the state and has significant implications for women’s healthcare and the upcoming election.

Arizona voters may have the chance to challenge this ruling through a referendum in November.Arizona Supreme court revives 160-Year-Old ban on abortion

The ruling comes after legal debates over whether this old law could still be enforced, especially given more recent state legislation allowing abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.

In a 4-2 decision, the state’s top court overturned previous rulings, stating that the 1864 law is now enforceable due to the absence of federal or state protections for abortion.

The decision has sparked both celebration and criticism. Anti-abortion groups welcome it as a victory for protecting unborn children, while Democrats and other critics denounce it as draconian and harmful to women’s rights.

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Governor Katie Hobbs has pledged that Arizonans will not face prosecution for seeking or performing abortions, but the exact enforcement of the law remains uncertain.

The ruling intensifies the debate over abortion rights, a highly contentious issue that is likely to influence the upcoming election in November.

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