Arizona judge rules state can enforce near-total abortion ban

In ruling that Arizona’s near-total abortion ban could go into effect, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson granted a request by the state’s Republican Attorney General to lift an injunction from the state. court that had banned the application of the abortion ban before the state of Arizona after the supreme decision. The Court ruled in Roe v. Wade in 1973.

“The court finds that because the legal basis of the 1973 judgment has now been set aside, it must set aside the judgment in its entirety,” Johnson wrote in the decision released Friday.

The judge’s ruling effectively bans all abortions in Arizona except when the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.

The decision drew a swift rebuke from several pro-abortion-rights Democratic groups and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, who said she was “outraged and devastated” by the decision.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this draconian law of 1901 will have dire consequences for the health and well-being of Arizona women and their families,” Hobbs said in a statement. “This cruel law effectively bans abortion in Arizona – with no exceptions for rape or incest – and threatens women’s fundamental freedom to make their own health care decisions. … To make matters worse, this law imposes prison sentences for abortion providers. Healthcare professionals will now be forced to think twice and call their lawyer before providing patients with often necessary and life-saving care.”

Arizona GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who led the court case to try to reinstate Arizona’s pre-state abortion ban after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in late June tweeted that he was happy with the decision:

“We commend the court for upholding the will of the legislature and for bringing clarity and consistency to this important issue. I have and will continue to protect the most vulnerable Arizonans,” he tweeted.

This story is broken and will be updated.

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