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Judge rules Arizona can enforce near-total abortion ban

PHOENIX — Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that have been stalled for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics across the state will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid charges being filed criminal charges against doctors and other doctors. workers.

An injunction has long blocked enforcement of a law, in effect since before Arizona became a state, that bans nearly all abortions. The only exemption is if the woman’s life is in danger.

The ruling also means people wanting an abortion will have to travel to another state to get one.

An appeal of the decision is likely.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson’s decision came more than a month after hearing arguments on Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s request to lift the injunction. It had been in place since shortly after the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, that women had a constitutional right to abortion.

The high court overturned Roe on June 24 and said states could regulate abortion as they wished.

What is allowed in each state has changed as legislatures and courts have acted. Bans on abortion at any time during pregnancy are in place in 12 Republican-led states.

In another state, Wisconsin, clinics have stopped offering abortions amid litigation over whether an 1849 ban is in effect. Georgia bans abortions once fetal heart activity is detected, and Florida and Utah have bans that go into effect after 15 and 18 weeks of gestation, respectively.

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