An Arizona judge ruled Friday that a century-old law banning most abortions in the key battleground state can be enforced, setting up a legal showdown in the shadows of the midterm elections.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson‘s ruling means clinics in Arizona will have to stop providing abortions or face criminal charges and residents will have to travel to other states to get the procedure.
An appeal is expected.
Johnson lifted an injunction blocking the 1901 abortion ban that had been in place since the 1970s when the Rowe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe this summer made lifting the injunction a legal requirement, the judge said. more here