Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Arizona 20-Week Abortion-Ban Case

by Andrew Johnson

Arizona’s law banning abortions after 20 week will be struck down after the U.S. Supreme Court declined an appeal by the state after a lower federal court found the law unconstitutional.

A spokesperson with Republican governor Jan Brewer expressed disappointment with the Court’s decision, but said the state “will continue to fight to protect Arizona women, families and our most vulnerable population: unborn children.”

Last year, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it was unconstitutional for Arizona to implement a ban, which would have barred the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation except in medical emergencies. At least twelve other states have passed similar bans in recent years, but the Arizona law is the first to come before the Supreme Court, according to Politico.

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