PHOENIX (AP) — Planned Parenthood Arizona said in a legal filing Wednesday that courts must “harmonize” the state’s two different abortion laws after Attorney General Mark Brnovich ruled last week to reinstate a ban almost complete procedure dating back more than a century.
On July 13, Brnovich asked a Tucson court to lift an order that had blocked the earlier ban. In June, the newly conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, leaving it to the states to decide how to regulate abortions.
Planned Parenthood Arizona said in its new court filing that providers must now deal with inconsistent statements from elected officials and insisted that “this court has a duty to harmonize all of Arizona’s statutes as they exist. today”.
Brnovich said the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade meant that the old Arizona law banning all abortions except when the woman’s life was in danger should now apply.
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Arizona also has a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law in March. Ducey insisted that this overrides the near-total ban Brnovich wants to enforce.
“The Supreme Court has rightly referred this important matter to our elected representatives,” Brittni Thomason, a spokeswoman for Brnovich’s office, said Wednesday. legislation passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor earlier this year.
“While waiting for the court to deliver its opinion, we will continue to seek to protect the most vulnerable,” she added.
Planned Parenthood Arizona CEO Brittany Fonteno said Wednesday that Brnovich is “playing politics at the expense of the lives of Arizonans.”
“We know that Arizonans overwhelmingly support abortion access, and Planned Parenthood will continue to fight these attacks to ensure everyone gets the health care they need and deserve,” said Fonteno.
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