Providers challenge Arizona's pre-Roe, near-total abortion ban
Planned Parenthood Arizona on Wednesday filed a challenge to the state's attorney general's motion to let a near-total, pre-Roe abortion ban take effect.
Driving the news: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich last week asked a court to lift an injunction on the state's near-total ban, which had been dormant since 1973, when Roe was decided. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned that precedent, Brnovich wants the ban to become enforceable.
- Following the court's ruling, Brnovich said that the near-total ban was in effect, and as a result, clinics in the state stopped offering the procedure.
Details: Planned Parenthood argues that Brnovich's motion "blatantly" ignores "dozens of laws" that conflict with the pre-Roe ban.
- The court "has a duty to harmonize all of the Arizona Legislature's enactments as they exist today," Planned Parenthood said in their reponse.
- Additionally, they argue that "irreparable harm will befall Arizonans if this Court's 1973 injunction is modified to allow the state to enforce [the law] in a manner that criminalizes nearly all abortions in the state."
Context: The law says abortion is illegal in the state unless when necessary to save the pregnant person's life. A provider who conducts an illegal abortion under this law could face up to five years in prison.
What they're saying: "Attorney General Bronvich is playing politics at the expense of Arizonans' lives, and it’s not just despicable and legally unfounded — it’s dangerous," said Brittany Fonteno, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona.
- "Arizona lawmakers have passed numerous laws over the past 50 years allowing physicians to provide abortions. No archaic, harmful 150-year-old law should dictate our reproductive freedom and how we live our lives today. We won’t go back."