Health & Environment, Politics, States

Arizona Throws a Legal Javelin at Roe v. Wade

Republican lawmakers in Arizona advanced a bill last week that would ban abortions in the Grand Canyon State after 15 weeks gestation. The move comes ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which considers a similar 15-week abortion ban passed into law in Mississippi in 2019.

Pro-abortion and pro-life advocates alike have recognized that a decision favorable to Mississippi in the Dobbs case could see the federal “right to abortion” reconsidered or even overturned as early as June.

…Arizona is one of roughly a dozen states that have already enacted “trigger laws” that would work to immediately ban the killing of unborn babies if Roe is struck down. But while the Supreme Court could decide to overrule Roe v. Wade when it makes its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson this year, some analysts have noted that it could take a middle road, upholding Mississippi’s law without overturning Roe. Read more…

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