Supreme Court declines to hear appeal ruling on Arizona abortion law

01/13/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The Supreme Court has declined to hear the ruling of an appeals court that stated an Arizona law that prohibits abortions beginning at 20 weeks is unconstitutional. As reported by Reuters, the high court’s action means that the decision of the lower court invalidating the law stands.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in May invalidated the controversial Arizona law, stating it violated “unalterably clear” legal precedents. Under the law, physicians were banned from performing abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, with doctors who perform them being at risk of going to jail.

Republican Arizona Governor signed the measure into law in 2012. Andrew Wilder, a spokesperson for Brewer, called the action of the Supreme Court, “a clear infringement on the authority of states to implement critical life-affirming laws.”

Abortion rights activists; however, praised the action of the court. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards is further quoted as stating, “A dangerous and blatantly unconstitutional law like Arizona’s abortion ban should have never passed in the first place… Today, the court did the right thing, but women’s health is still on the docket – not only at the Supreme Court, but in active cases all across the country.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Washington Legal News

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