Updated Mar 24, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Arizona passes 15-week abortion ban

Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey in 2018. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The Arizona House on Thursday voted to approve a bill that would effectively ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Why it matters: The bill, approved by Arizona's Senate last month, resembles a Mississippi abortion ban under review by the Supreme Court, which could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Details: Arizona's SB 1164 states that any health professional who performs an abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy could lose their medical license or face imprisonment.

  • The bill does not contain exceptions for cases of rape or incest, only for medical emergencies that could result in the pregnant person's death or "substantial impairment of a major bodily function."

What's next: The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Doug Ducey (R), who is expected to sign it.

  • Ducey has signed "every piece of anti-abortion legislation" that has come before him since entering office in 2015, AP notes.

What they're saying: "It's a cowardly path to a cruel end — denying Arizonians the right to make their own health care decisions," Brittany Fonteno, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said in a statement.

  • "Make no mistake — the legislators who voted in favor of this law in the House and Senate will not stop at a 15-week ban. They will continue to chip away at abortion care until abortion is illegal in Arizona," Fonteno added in another statement.

The big picture: Arizona joins a slew of other states that have recently passed restrictive abortion laws.

Go deeper: What abortion access would look like if Roe v. Wade is overturned

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