Access to abortion procedures until 15 weeks will remain through the end of the year

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 2:52pm

Women in Arizona who are less than 15 weeks pregnant and are seeking an abortion will be able to do so, at least until the end of the year.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge signed an order that bars Attorney General Mark Brnovich from trying to enforce the territorial law banning almost all abortions for at least 45 days after a final ruling.

The order came as a deal was struck between Brnovich and the Arizona Medical Association. The decision helps preclude the possibility of two conflicting rulings on the issue as Planned Parenthood has filed a separate lawsuit.

The state Court of Appeals has prevented the territorial law from being enforced while it weighs legal arguments from both sides and is scheduled to get all briefings in mid-November. 

The AMA suit argues the legislature intended to keep the procedure legal up to 15 weeks with laws recently passed.

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