Arizona House Votes To Repeal 1860s Abortion Law

April 25, 2024

I refuse to buy into the false notion pushed by the extremes on both sides of this issue that we cannot respect and protect women and defend new life at the same time.

Arizona State Rep. Matt Gress, one of three Republicans who voted with Democrats to repeal a law requiring the state must prohibit all abortions except in cases when “it is necessary to save” a pregnant woman’s life.

Why It Matters: Earlier in April, Arizona’s Supreme Court cleared the way for enacting a Civil War-era law forbidding abortions, except in cases that it is needed to save a woman’s life. The 1864 law punishes abortion providers with time in prison, with the justices noting additional criminal and regulatory sanctions” may be applicable for abortions performed following the 15th week of pregnancy. However, the Arizona House voted on a bill to repeal this law on Wednesday. The legislation now goes to the state Senate for a vote, where it is expected to pass; it if passes, the legislation will go to the governor for signature (who has said she would sign), and the state would maintain prior legislation passed in 2022 which permits abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Read More: Arizona House votes to repeal controversial 1864 abortion ban, with help of 3 Republicans (ABC News)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas