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 September 25, 2022

Arizona judge reinstates abortion ban previously blocked by Roe v. Wade

The so-called right to abortion created in the Roe v. Wade decision rendered many laws unconstitutional. However, that is changing rapidly.

An Arizona judge reinstated a restrictive abortion law previously blocked by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Washington Examiner reported. The precedent set in Roe was overturned in June's Supreme Court decision.

The Arizona statute was enacted long before Roe was decided. It restricted abortion in all cases except those when the mother's life was in danger but was rendered unconstitutional by Roe.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson heard new arguments from Republican lawyer Mark Brnovich. "A Pima County judge lifted an injunction that was placed on AZ's abortion statute," Brnovich tweeted of the decision.

"We applaud the court for upholding the will of the legislature and providing clarity and uniformity on this important issue. I have and will continue to protect the most vulnerable Arizonans," he said.

Earlier this year, Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks that went into effect Saturday. It's still unclear which statute will be the law of the land in the Grand Canyon State.

The fight over abortion rights reached a fever pitch following the Supreme Court's overturning of nearly a half-century of precedent, Fox News reported. The decision came as part of the opinion on a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

"We end this opinion where we began," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. "Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," he stated.

Democrats believe the right to kill a baby in the womb is sacrosanct and will be apoplectic about this new ruling. However, it now leaves another Republican-led state as a de facto sanctuary jurisdiction for the unborn.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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