May 2, 2024 - Politics

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signs abortion ban repeal bill

Governor Katie Hobbs at a podium with Arizona and U.S. flags in the background.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed a bill to repeal an 1864 abortion ban. Photo: Rebecca Noble/Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed a bill Thursday to repeal a ban on nearly all abortions.

Why it matters: The ban, which dates to early territorial days in 1864, forbids doctors from providing abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother.

  • The repeal will allow a 2022 law permitting abortions through 15 weeks of pregnancy to take effect.

What they're saying: "This ban needs to be repealed. I said it in 2022 when Roe was overturned and I've said it again and again as governor," Hobbs said before signing the bill.

Reality check: The ban, which the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated last month, is still likely to temporarily take effect this summer before the repeal due to procedural rules.

Catch up quick: The Arizona House voted to repeal the ban last week, and the Senate followed suit on Wednesday, paving the way for Hobbs' signature.

What's next: Voters are expected to weigh in on the Arizona Abortion Access Act this November, which would permit abortions up to the point of fetal viability, around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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