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Planned Parenthood in Arizona, like other abortion providers in the state, is once again offering abortions after a court ruling last week restored a state law that allows them up to 15 weeks. It’s the latest twist in an on-again, off-again availability of abortion after a series of legal challenges since this summer.

Clinics across Arizona have largely resumed offering abortions after a court last week blocked a ruling that briefly outlawed the procedure, but providers said they are taking abortion’s future in the state day by day. Read more»

A Civil War-era abortion ban reinstated in Arizona on Sept. 23 is now on hold while Planned Parenthood Arizona challenges the law in court.

A recently reinstated near-total abortion ban in Arizona is on hold after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood, pausing the law while the organization continues to challenge it, and restoring access to abortion across the state. Read more»

The move is a necessary step in determining the future of abortion access in the state and clarifying the legal implications for providers.

A local abortion provider and Arizona’s largest medical association have sued the state, demanding courts clarify the legality of abortion in Arizona following the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the Pima County court decision restoring a Civil War-era ban on the procedure. Read more»

A protester holds a sign at an abortion rights rally at the state Capitol on May 3, 2022.

A guide to help clear up some confusion after the 1864 territorial era ban on abortion took in effect in Arizona, which left providers, patients, and even lawmakers confused about the legal and medical landscape. Read more»

Abortion supporters and opponents at the Supreme Court in June, before the court overturned Roe and said abortion is a question states should decide. That has jumbled the law in Arizona, where lawmakers this year approved abortion up to 15 weeks and a superior court judge just revived a 1901 abortion ban – leaving county prosecutors unsure which law to enforce.

Whatever their position on abortion rights, the Arizona county attorneys who would be responsible for enforcing the state’s abortion law all acknowledge that they will do their best to follow it - except that they’re not all sure what the law currently is. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed his opposition to Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s request that a judge’s ruling that recently reinstated a 1864 abortion ban be put on hold, roundly dismissing the organization’s argument that a tangled legal landscape will cause providers to put off care, ultimately harming women. Read more»

Health care providers who violate the 158-year-old law face between two and five years in prison.

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a statement Tuesday that she does not plan to prosecute women who seek an abortion in cases of rape or incest and will seek the court’s guidance if they are asked to prosecute such a case. Read more»

Abortion-rights advocates vowed to fight a Pima County Superior Court ruling that reinstated an Arizona law that criminalizes abortion in most cases. Activists in this file photo rally outside the Arizona Capitol in June, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade ruling.

Planned Parenthood Arizona said Monday it will appeal a Pima County judge’s ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state and effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona, while seeking an immediate stay of the Pima County Superior Court ruling. Read more»

Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A Pima County judge has ruled that a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona can be enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade, lifting an injunction that kept the law from being enforced for nearly 50 years. Read more»

Planned Parenthood this week resumed abortion services after putting them on hold in the confusion over the Supreme Court’s decision in June revoking the right to an abortion. It is one of at least four clinics in the state now offering abortions while courts untangle abortion law in Arizona.

Planned Parenthood Arizona began offering abortions again at its Tucson facility this week - two months after it suspended services - one of a handful of clinics in the state that have resumed abortion services even though Arizona law is unsettled after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Read more»

A protester in Washington makes her feelings known in June, after the Supreme Court revoked the right to an abortion. The ruling has left both sides of the debate in Arizona grappling over which of more than a century’s worth of laws should apply today.

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, it left Arizona officials, advocates and physicians with 120 years of conflicting abortion laws to untangle - two months later, things are still tangled. Read more»

Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A judge in Tucson will decide whether to lift a 1971 injunction that protects abortion rights in Arizona, after Attorney General Mark Brnovich moved to resurrect a ban from the state's territorial days. Read more»

Protesters filing through Downtown Tucson after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

A hearing in Planned Parenthood v. Brnovich — which will decide whether a Civil War-era ban on abortion in Arizona can be enforced — will be heard August 19 in Pima County Superior Court. Read more»

Protestors carry signs in Tucson on May 3, 2022, to rally against the Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade.

Planned Parenthood Arizona says that the Civil War-era law banning abortions should go into effect — but it should apply only to non-doctors because the state has spent the past 50 years creating laws legalizing and regulating abortions performed by doctors. Read more»

Pima County Superior Court

Pima County's nightly coronavirus curfew has been blocked by a judge, who found that the December resolution of the Board of Supervisors to mitigate the rise in COVID-19 cases was "not statutorily authorized," and violated Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders. Read more»

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