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Arizona Republicans block attempt to repeal ********* ban

The Arizona Legislature devolved into shouts of “Shame! Shame!” on Wednesday as *********** lawmakers quickly shut down discussion on a proposed repeal of the state’s newly revived 1864 law that criminalizes ********* throughout pregnancy unless a woman’s life is at risk.

The state Supreme Court cleared the way on Tuesday for enforcement of the pre-statehood law. Arizona ********* providers vowed Wednesday to continue service until they’re forced to stop, possibly within weeks.

State legislators convened as pressure mounted from Democrats and some Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, for them to intervene.

House Democrats and at least one *********** tried to open discussion on a repeal of the 1864 ********* ban, which holds no exceptions for ***** or *******. GOP leaders, who command the majority, cut it off twice and quickly adjourned for the week. Outraged Democrats erupted in finger-waving chants of “Shame! Shame!”

*********** state Rep. Teresa Martinez, of Casa Grande, said there was no reason to rush the debate. She accused Democrats of “screaming at us and engaging in extremist and insurrectionist behavior on the House floor.” The GOP-led Senate briefly convened without debate on *********.

“We are navigating in extremely complex, emotional and important area of law and policy,” said Martinez, the GOP House whip. “In my opinion, removing healthy ******* from healthy mothers is not health care nor reproductive care. Pregnancy is not an illness. It should be celebrated. It is an ********* that terminates life.”

Democratic legislators seized on national interest in the state’s ********* ban.

“We’ve got the eyes of the world watching Arizona right now,” said Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, of Tucson. “We know that the Supreme Court decision yesterday is extreme. And we know that should the 1864 ban on ********* remain a law in Arizona, people will ****.”

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs called inaction on the proposed repeal unconscionable.

“******** legislators protected a Civil War-era total ********* ban that jails doctors, strips women of our bodily autonomy and puts our lives at risk,” she said.

According to AP VoteCast, 6 out of 10 Arizona voters in the 2022 midterm elections said they would favor guaranteeing legal ********* nationwide. The state recorded 11,530 abortions in 2022, the last data available, according to the Department of Health Services.

At Camelback Family Planning in Phoenix, where about one-fourth of Arizona abortions are performed, registered nurse Ashleigh Feiring said ********* services were still available and that staff hope emergency legislation will avoid interruptions or closure.

“Our plan is to stay open as long as possible,” Feiring said. “Our clinic has been shut down twice in the last four years, but we’ve always resumed service.”

At the same time, anti-********* groups including SBA Pro-Life America urged Arizona residents to oppose a proposed ballot initiative aimed at placing ********* rights in Arizona’s state constitution.

“They would wipe away all pro-life laws put in place by the Legislature, reflective of the will of the people,” SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.

Hobbs, however, predicted that outrage will motivate voters to enshrine ********* rights directly in state law.

“The ****** is not over, for sure,” she said.

Grace Harders drove around metro Phoenix on Wednesday looking for an opportunity to sign an ********* rights petition. She said she wouldn’t know what to do if she had an unplanned pregnancy but knew she’d be scared.

“I’m a pro-choice person, and I want to ensure the right for all women,” Harders said.

********* rights advocates said they’ve gathered more than 500,000 signatures — far above what they need to add a ballot question asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment protecting the right to ********* until viability, when a fetus could survive outside the womb.

Arriving for a campaign fundraiser in Atlanta, Trump said the Arizona court decision went too far and called on state lawmakers to change it even as he defended the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“It’s all about states’ rights,” the former president told supporters and journalists. “It’ll be straightened out.”

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, most ***********-controlled states have started enforcing new bans or restrictions, and most Democratic-dominated ones have sought to protect ********* access.

The Arizona ruling suggests doctors can be prosecuted for performing the procedure. The 1864 law carries a sentence of two to five years in prison for doctors or anyone else who assists in an *********.

“Physicians are now on notice that all abortions, except those necessary to save a woman’s life, are ********,” the Arizona Supreme Court said in its decision, adding that additional ********* and regulatory sanctions may apply to abortions performed after 15 weeks, the state’s previous time limit for the procedure.

Beyond that, the court ruling also ignited concern that enforcement might interfere with handling miscarriages.

Enforcing the 1864 law won’t begin for at least two weeks. However, plaintiffs in the case — including Planned Parenthood — said the delay could last up to two months, based on an agreement reached in a related case.

Planned Parenthood has said it will offer ********* services up to 15 weeks of pregnancy for at least two more months, in line with an agreement in the related case.

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