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Arizona's 1864 near-total abortion ban — clarified

AG Mayes breaks down the law for hospitals and medical providers
Abortion in Arizona
Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 19, 2024

Since the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the Civil War-era abortion ban on April 9, the decision has been met with much controversy, including opposition from Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes.

She sent a letter to hospitals and medical providers Friday which clarified what the state's updated abortion law means for them.

The ban initiates on April 24, but there can be no prosecution for providing or receiving abortions until at least June 8, or 45 days from the time the Arizona Supreme Court issues its official mandate.

“My office continues to explore all legal options available to prevent the 1864 near-total abortion ban from taking effect," Mayes said.
"[We] will continue to do everything we can to support our medical professionals as they work to provide care for their patients... The bottom line is that these decisions should be private and made between a patient and their doctor.”

As the law stands now, abortions are legal up to 15 weeks. They are only legal after that point if it's necessary to save the mother's life. But with the pre-statehood ban, abortions are illegal unless it's necessary to save the mother's life.

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