Supreme Court Refuses Review of Arizona Abortion Ban!Posted: January 13, 2014
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona from enforcing an anti-choice ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Current law established by Roe v. Wade in 1973 allows the procedure up until viability, which is considered by the medical community to start around 24 weeks. Yet Arizona is one of ten states that have enacted bans, from 20 weeks to as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Arizona 20-week ban unconstitutional in May of 2013, saying the law violated “unalterably clear” legal precedents. The high court’s decision today to not review that previous decision means that the lower court ruling remains intact: the restrictive measure is unconstitutional and has been struck down.