Updated Oct 7, 2022 - Health

Arizona abortion ban halted by appeals court order

Abortion rights activist protests in Tucson, Arizona on July 4, 2022. Photo: SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP via Getty Images

An Arizona appeals court blocked the enforcement of a nearly 150-year-old abortion ban Friday, per court documents.

Driving the news: A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals granted Planned Parenthood's request for an emergency stay of a Sept. 23 ruling that lifted an injunction on the state’s abortion ban, which includes a 15-week ban.

  • The stay temporarily blocks enforcement of the ban while an appeal continues.
  • This will allow abortion care to resume immediately, per Planned Parenthood.

Details: The panel found that the judge who allowed for the abortion ban should have considered a number of laws restricting abortions that were passed after the original injunction following the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, per AP.

What they're saying: "Our office understands this is an emotional issue, and we will carefully review the court’s ruling before determining the next step," Brittni Thomason, a spokesperson for the Arizona Attorney General's office, said.

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