Justice reinstates 1864 law banning abortion in Arizona


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Manifestação contra o aborto nos Estados Unidos

Protest against abortion in the United States| Photo: EFE/EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH

A court decision issued last Friday (15) practically banned abortion in the US state of Arizona in the United States. Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson’s decision reinstates a law created in


According to this law, abortion is prohibited in the state under almost all circumstances, including in cases of rape and incest. The only exception is when the life of the fetus is at risk. The penalty for doctors or other professionals who perform the procedure is from two to five years in prison.

The law was in force until , when the Roe v. Wade recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and legalized it nationwide. In June of this year, the US Supreme Court overturned the decision.

Prior to Friday’s court ruling, the state of Arizona had already passed a law banning abortion after th week of pregnancy. The legislation also went into effect this Saturday (20).

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