Abortions in Arizona and Ohio are legal again after two separate court rulings on Friday.
At the Arizona Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel sided with Planned Parenthood on Friday, which argued that Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson would not have had to lift an injunction that prevented a pre-state law banning abortions in all circumstances. , unless the life of the mother is in danger.
In Ohio, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the state’s heartbeat bill, which bans abortions when a “heartbeat fetal” is detected, which could be as early as six weeks.
After the cancellation of Roe v. Wade, the law was put into effect, but was later suspended.
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Lawyers for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office have not argued that the 15-week abortion law passed in March should override the pre-state abortion law. But they asked Johnson to offer them a waiver of an injunction preventing them from enforcing the abortion ban.
Johnson granted the attorney general’s request last month, but the court reinstated the injunction on Friday while Planned Parenthood tries to appeal Johnson’s decision.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement that the organization welcomes the order allowing abortions to resume.
“Today’s decision provides a sense of security that our patients and providers desperately need,” said McGill Johnson. “We can now breathe a sigh of relief and serve patients. Although the fight is not over, for now Arizonans will once again be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, their health care and their future.”
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