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Arizona Legislature approves 15-week abortion ban

FILE - A number of Arizona reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates protest an abortion bill at the Arizona Capitol on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Phoenix. The Arizona Legislature has approved a ban on abortion after 15 weeks. The House approved the measure Thursday, March 24, 2022, a month after the Senate gave its ok, and it now heads to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-24 15:25:08-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature has approved a ban on abortion after 15 weeks.

The House approved the measure Thursday, a month after the Senate gave its OK. It now heads to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Democrats were universally opposed. The votes came as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a similar Mississippi law and may even overturn the right to abortion altogether in place for five decades.

Arizona already has some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, including one that would automatically outlaw it if the high court fully overturns Roe v. Wade. Backers want the law in place in case the Supreme Court upholds the Mississippi law.

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