Judge rules Arizona can enforce near-total abortion ban

An Arizona judge ruled Friday that a 1901 ban against nearly all abortions in the state can be enforced after being blocked for some 50 years, a decision that drew immediate criticism from abortion rights activists and Democrats, which is likely to be appealed.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson granted the state’s Republican Attorney General’s request to lift an injunction that had prevented Arizona’s pre-state abortion ban from being enforced, after that the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Johnson’s ruling bans all abortions in Arizona, except when the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.

The abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood said the ruling “has the practical and deplorable result of setting Arizonans back nearly 150 years.” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs said she was “outraged and devastated” by the decision.

“The court finds that since the legal basis for the judgment rendered in 1973 has been nullified, it should vacate the judgment in its entirety,” Johnson said in his ruling.

The Supreme Court struck down in June the right to abortion that it had recognized in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

“We applaud the Court for upholding the will of the Legislature and providing clarity and uniformity on this important matter,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a tweet after the ruling.

Democrats have been busy branding Republicans as extremists on abortion since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and many states began enforcing abortion bans.

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Democrats are increasingly hopeful that the Supreme Court decision will boost voter support in the midterm elections, as control of the House and Senate is at stake.

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