White House sees a catastrophe in Arizona’s old law
U.S. State of Arizona may reintroduce strict abortion law, which is “potentially catastrophic,” White House says
Arizona may reintroduce a ban on abortion that had been blocked for 50 years. A judge ruled that. As in many other states, a legal battle is being waged in Arizona over abortion, after the removal of the judgment Roe v. Wade in June. The White House has strongly condemned the” potentially catastrophic and dangerous ” decision of the state of Arizona.
The Arizona law banning abortion dates back to 1864 and states that anyone who assists in an abortion risks two to five years in prison. The ban was suspended in 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court enshrined the right to abortion throughout the U.S. with the Roe v. Wade judgment.
In June of this year, the Supreme Court ended Roe v. Wade. Individual states have since been able to determine their own abortion laws. Arizona’s strict abortion law only allows for an exception if it is necessary to save the mother’s life.
In practice, abortion had already been virtually impossible in Arizona since the Supreme Court ruling, as there was a lot of confusion about what legislation was in effect now. The legal battle may continue. Organizations that advocate for the right to abortion refer women to neighboring states such as California and New Mexico, where it is legal.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs said she was “furious and defeated.” “This terrible law bans abortion in Arizona, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and jeopardizes women’s fundamental freedom to make their own health care decisions,” she said. Kari Lake, the Republican nominee, has not yet responded to the judge’s decision, but she is a supporter of stricter abortion rules. There will be elections In November.
“Potentially catastrophic decision”
The White House has strongly condemned the” potentially catastrophic and dangerous ” decision of the state of Arizona. “If this decision is upheld, health workers could face up to five years in prison for fulfilling their duty of care, survivors of rape and incest would be forced to give birth to the children of their attackers, and pregnant women with health problems would face terrible risks,” spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
There are now 14 US states where abortion is completely or largely prohibited. In many states, a legal battle rages over the issue.