Arizona Judge Lifts Injunction Against State’s 1864 Anti-Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood Arizona on Friday night vowed that its fight to protect reproductive healthcare in the state was “far from over” after a judge lifted a decades-old injunction which had blocked an anti-abortion rights law dating back to 1864 — before Arizona was even established as a state — and allowed the ban to be enforced.

Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson of Pima County said in her rulingThat Roe v. WadeThe 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognized the constitutional right to abortion care was the basis of the ban on the 1864 law being applied. Since Roe She stated that the injunction was invalidated in June and should be rescinded.

Johnson’s decision will “unleash [a] near-total abortion ban in Arizona,” saidPlanned Parenthood Arizona is a law that prohibits anyone from helping a woman whose pregnancy results from rape or incest. Under the law, which was first passed by Arizona’s territorial legislature and then updated and codifed in 1901, anyone who helps a pregnant person obtain abortion care can be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The law does include an exception for “a medical emergency,” according to The New York TimesBut as Common DreamsReports that a Texas woman has been rescued by such an exception to practice. forced to carryUnviable pregnancy is one that has not been confirmed by a doctor.

Katie Hobbs, Democratic gubernatorial Candidat and Secretary of State, spoke to the Times that “medical professionals will now be forced to think twice and call their lawyer before providing patients with oftentimes necessary, lifesaving care.”

Hobbs made the statement via Twitter vowed to “do everything in my power to protect” abortion rights in Arizona, “starting by using my veto pen to block any legislation that compromises the right to choose” if she becomes governor.

“No archaic law should dictate our reproductive freedom,” Brittany Fonteno, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said in a statement. “I cannot overstate how cruel this decision is.”

The ruling was handed down a day before the state’s 15-week abortion ban, which was signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was to take effect in March. After the death of Doug Ducey, abortion care was still legal in Arizona. Roe was overturned on June 24, it has been largely unavailable as medical providers waited to see whether Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s motion to lift the injunction on the 1864 law would succeed.

Johnson’s ruling made Arizona the 14th state After the overturning, almost all abortions will be banned Roe. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.) earlier this month. announced His proposal to pass a nationwide bill banning abortion care at 15-weeks of pregnancy was approved.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary, on Saturday called the ruling “catastrophic, dangerous, and unacceptable.”

“Make no mistake: this backwards decision exemplifies the disturbing trend across the country of Republican officials at the local and national level dead-set on stripping women of their rights,” she said.

Planned Parenthood Arizona, a group that had argued in court against the ban on abortions for 15 weeks, argued that medical professionals in Arizona should be allowed to continue to provide abortions. said its “lawyers are evaluating next steps in the case.”