Arizona Supreme Court will review petition to enforce near-total abortion ban

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - 3:42pm
Updated: Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 7:26am

Arizona’s Supreme Court says it will review a case centered around the state’s abortion laws. 

Abortion is currently legal until 15 weeks gestation in Arizona. But a near-total ban on abortions dating back to the Civil War era has never been repealed in the state. 

Arizona’s previous attorney general, Republican Mark Brnovich, had pushed for courts to uphold the older law. But the current attorney general, Democrat Kris Mayes, is no longer pursuing the case.

Instead, Yavapai County Attorney Dennis McGrane and Dr. Eric Hazelrigg, medical director of a group of Phoenix-area anti-abortion pregnancy centers, are now asking the state Supreme Court to review the case.

The conservative-majority Supreme Court this week granted those petitions.

The case is set for oral arguments. Parties have until Sept. 20 to file briefs.

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