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Arizona Supreme Court rules abortion ban from 1864 can be enforced
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Arizona Supreme Court rules abortion ban from 1864 can be enforced

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a 160-year-old abortion ban may be enforced, clearing the way for a near-total ban on abortions in the state.The 1864 ban has exceptions to save the life of the mother but none in cases of rape or incest. "The abortion issue implicates morality and public policy concerns, and invariably inspires spirited debate and engenders passionate disagreements among citizens," the Arizona ruling states in the conclusion.  The ban will supersede a 15-week abortion ban that was signed into law in 2022. That law included exceptions in cases of medical emergencies and has restrictions on medication abortion and requires an ultrasound before an abortion and parental consent for minors.Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a ...
Arizona organizers say they have more than enough signatures for an abortion ballot measure
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Arizona organizers say they have more than enough signatures for an abortion ballot measure

A group hoping to put an amendment enshrining the right to abortion in Arizona's constitution said Tuesday that they had gathered enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the ballot in November.There is a requirement for the collection of 383,923 signatures of support for constitutional amendments in Arizona, and Dawn Penich, communications manager for Arizona for Abortion Access, said they have amassed more than 500,000 signatures already.NBC News was first to report on the signatures.  Penich said they plan to turn the signatures in closer to the deadline in early July and acknowledged there could be legal challenges on the language and single subject requirements.Arizona currently has a 15-week abortion ban in place.  The ban, which was signed...
The ballot issues for Election Day 2023 with the highest stakes across U.S. voting
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The ballot issues for Election Day 2023 with the highest stakes across U.S. voting

Voters in five states took up ballot measures in the 2023 elections Tuesday, weighing in on issues including abortion, marijuana legalization and abolishing wealth taxes. Perhaps the most closely watched ballot measure was Ohio's Issue 1, on guaranteeing abortion access to women in the state, and it was projected to pass Tuesday night. Here are some of the top ballot measures to watch. Ohio Issue 1: Abortion access Ohioans voted on whether to amend Ohio's Constitution to enshrine abortion rights in state law, which appears on the ballot as Issue 1. A "yes" vote would amend the state Constitution, while a "no" vote would reject the amendment and keep the status quo. The measure was projected to pass Tuesday night.In Ohio, abortion is legal until 22 weeks,...
Texas judge grants abortion exemption to women with pregnancy complications; state AG’s office to appeal ruling
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Texas judge grants abortion exemption to women with pregnancy complications; state AG’s office to appeal ruling

A judge in Texas ruled late Friday that women who experience pregnancy complications are exempt from the state's abortion bans after more than a dozen women and two doctors had sued to clarify the laws."Defendants are temporarily enjoined from enforcing Texas's abortion bans in connection with any abortion care provided by the Physician Plaintiffs and physicians throughout Texas to a pregnant person where, in a physician's good faith judgment and in consultation with the pregnant person, the pregnant person has an emergent medical condition requiring abortion care," Travis County Judge Jessica Mangrum wrote. However, the state attorney general's office filed an "accelerated interlocutory appeal" late Friday to the Texas Supreme Court. In a news release Saturday, the state attorney general'...
North Carolina governor says 12-week abortion ban effectively bans “many abortions altogether”
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North Carolina governor says 12-week abortion ban effectively bans “many abortions altogether”

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said a 12-week abortion ban passed by the state's legislature will effectively ban "many abortions altogether." "They've dressed this up as a 12-week abortion ban, but it's really not," the Democratic governor told "Face the Nation," referring to the state's Republican lawmakers. "They ran through a bill in 48 hours with no public input, with no amendments, that drastically reduces access to reproductive freedom for women. "It will effectively ban many abortions altogether, because of the obstacles that they have created for women, for clinics and for doctors." Last week, North Carolina lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy starting July 1, a change from the current 20 weeks. Cooper has vowed to veto the bill, bu...
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Utah bans new licenses for abortion clinics, forcing them to close by year’s end

Utah Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed H.B. 467 into law on Wednesday, which outlaws providing licenses to abortion clinics in the state, and forces those in operation to close either by year's end or when their license expires — whichever comes first. The law will take effect on May 3."Yesterday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed HB467 into law, legislation that will functionally eliminate access to abortion in the state on May 3, even though abortion is currently legal in Utah up until 18 weeks," read a statement from Planned Parenthood released on Thursday. People gather at the state Capitol to rally in support of abortion rights on May 3, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  George Frey / Get...
Biden vows that first bill of next Congress will legalize abortion if Democrats pick up seats
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Biden vows that first bill of next Congress will legalize abortion if Democrats pick up seats

President Biden said Tuesday that if the American people elect more Democratic senators and keep the House in November, the first bill he will send to Congress will codify Roe v. Wade and legalize abortion access across the country."If we do that, here's the promise I make to you and the American people: The first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade," Mr. Biden said during a Democratic National Committee speech at Howard Theatre in heavily Democratic Washington, D.C. "And when Congress passes it, I'll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land."But obtaining enough Democratic support in Congress is a high hurdle. The president already has majorities in both chambers of the Capitol but lacks the 60 votes needed in the...
Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock face off over abortion and the economy in highly anticipated Senate debate
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Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock face off over abortion and the economy in highly anticipated Senate debate

Savannah –  Senate hopefuls Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker faced off Friday night in their first and only scheduled debate before the election, addressing a wide range of topics crucial to the state's voters.  Both candidates pledged in their opening statements to be strong advocates for Georgia in Washington. Warnock said he grew up in public housing down the road from where the debate was being held, telling viewers that "only in America is my story possible." The candidates discussed many issues critical to the state, including the economy, election integrity and abortion. Throughout the debate, Walker repeatedly tried to link Warnock to President Biden, telling voters that Warnock has voted 96% of the time with the president.  Warno...
Here’s how abortion could affect the midterms
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Here’s how abortion could affect the midterms

Democrats this fall are trying to buck history in the midterm elections by staying in control of Congress – and party leaders see abortion rights as the way to pull it off.Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, empowering state legislatures to ban abortion, the Democratic Party has put unprecedented resources into making this year's midterm elections a referendum on abortion access. As of the end of September, Democrats have already invested over $124 million in abortion-related television advertising — close to 20 times the amount the party spent on abortion ads during the previous midterm elections in 2018. All of that spending is for a reason: They're fighting an uphill battle against historical trends. Typi...
California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills
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California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills

A city in California is considering legislation that would ban abortions within the city. In response, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned Temecula's city council not to pass such legislation, threatening legal action if it attempts to go above state law. In a letter sent Friday to the city's mayor and council, Bonta emphasized that local laws cannot conflict with state laws. "The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have declared time and again that California is a reproductive freedom state and that Californians have a right to access abortion," the letter said. Earlier this month, during a Temecula City Council meeting, member Jessica Alexander proposed the creation of a resolution barring abortions."Let Temecula be...