As legal battles continue over the FDA approval of abortion drug mifepristone, Arizona and nearly two dozen Democrat-led states urged the court to preserve access to the medication.
Getting an abortion in Arizona remains in legal limbo as court cases proceed between two conflicting anti-abortion laws.
Galvanized by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month, the Republican-led Arizona Legislature is now working towards reviving a 158-year-old territorial-era law, originating in 1864, that would sentence doctors to two to five years in prison for providing abortions.
Arizona’s reproductive policy remains uncertain following the overturn of Roe v. Wade as state lawmakers struggle to choose between two conflicting abortion laws in the books: one passed this year and another passed before Arizona’s statehood.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, pregnant people could now be sent to prison if they experience a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Since the conservative majority in the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, President Biden stated that the court’s decision was not driven by the Constitution or the history of protecting women at the time when they were dying from unsafe abortions.
Since the Supreme Court conservative majority ruled 6-3 in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and 5-4 to overturn Roe, the landscape of reproductive rights has drastically changed with many states already placing restrictions or outright bans on the practice of abortions with no exemptions for rape, incest, or danger to the well-being of the patient.
Since the Supreme Court agreed to consider Mississippi’s ban, multiple states have passed previability bans.
President Joe Biden acknowledged that the potential decision in Dobbs would have consequences for other civil and human rights issues.