Court Rejects Challenge To Arizona's Race, Sex Abortion Ban

By Stina Sieg
Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 5:00pm
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A federal appeals court panel refused to revive a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Arizona’s ban on abortions based on the race or sex or the child. 

The panel, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that two civil rights groups lacked the standing to sue. The NAACP’s Maricopa County Branch and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum argued the abortion law unconstitutionally targets Asian and African-American women based on stereotypes. 

In 2013, a U.S. district court judge said the groups didn’t show that anyone had been harmed by the law, and the groups could not sue. The appeals court has now upheld that ruling. Arizona is the only state that bans abortions based on race, though others prohibit sex-selective abortions.

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