Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Arizona Abortion Ban

May 21, 2013 12:00 am


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SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today struck down an Arizona law that would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of three physicians and their patients.

“We’re glad the court has reaffirmed that states cannot place unlawful burdens on a woman’s right to access safe reproductive health care,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Politicians do not have the right to interfere in serious and personal decisions that should only be made by a woman with the help of her family and her doctor.”

The ban would have forced a physician caring for a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to wait until her condition poses an immediate threat of death or major medical damage before offering her the care she needs. The ban also contained no exceptions for a woman who learns her fetus will not survive after birth.

“Lawmakers cannot impose their personal ideologies on the women of Arizona,” said Dan Pochoda, legal director with the ACLU of Arizona. “This law endangered women’s health and was knowingly passed by the Arizona legislature despite clearly violating established constitutional requirements.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today struck down an Arizona law that would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of three physicians and their patients.

“We’re glad the court has reaffirmed that states cannot place unlawful burdens on a woman’s right to access safe reproductive health care,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Politicians do not have the right to interfere in serious and personal decisions that should only be made by a woman with the help of her family and her doctor.”

The ban would have forced a physician caring for a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to wait until her condition poses an immediate threat of death or major medical damage before offering her the care she needs. The ban also contained no exceptions for a woman who learns her fetus will not survive after birth.

“Lawmakers cannot impose their personal ideologies on the women of Arizona,” said Dan Pochoda, legal director with the ACLU of Arizona. “This law endangered women’s health and was knowingly passed by the Arizona legislature despite clearly violating established constitutional requirements.”


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