Friday, May 24, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #109 - Part 1

Good news 1: Arizona abortion law blocked

Arizona had passed a law barring abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy absent a medical emergency. On May 21, a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law, saying it violated a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before the point that a fetus is able to survive outside the womb, generally considered to be the 24th week of the pregnancy.

The state had tried to weasel out of the ruling by claiming this wasn't a law but a medical regulation, but the Court wasn't having it.

Nine other states have enacted similar bans starting at 20 weeks or even earlier. Several of those bans had previously been placed on hold or struck down by other courts.


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