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9th Circuit Blocks Arizona 20 Week Abortion Ban

9th Circuit Blocks Arizona 20 Week Abortion Ban

On Wednesday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal blocked Arizona from enforcing a new state ban on almost any abortion after 20 weeks.

The three-judge panel issued the injunction just two days after a lower court upheld the ban on the basis as constitutional. The measure bars doctors from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in a medical emergency, defined as a case where an immediate abortion is required to avert the mother’s death or a risk of “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.” Under the law, physicians found in violation of the ban would face a misdemeanor criminal charge and possible suspension or revocation of their licenses, despite the fact that Supreme Court precedent suggests banning abortion pre-viability is patently unconstitutional.

The ruling prompted the appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit.

“We are relieved that the court blocked this dangerous ban and that women in Arizona will continue to be able to get safe, appropriate medical care,” ACLU staff attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas said in a statement.

Under the two-page order issued by the appeals court, attorneys have until mid-October to present their briefs, and then the case will be placed on the first available argument calendar for a hearing.

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1:55AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

You CANNOT take rights away from one and give to another. It's WRONG. I'm not certain why some people can't grasp this simple concept.

While I don't think anyone particularly LIKES the subject of abortion, abortions WILL HAPPEN. It is a fact of life.

Sometimes due to rape, maternal medical issues (like when the mother will DIE if she has the baby), family mental health or physical health issues discovered after the fact, poverty issues (Thanks to..well..many of the people who condemn abortions under any circumstance! Go figure that one!) etc. etc. It goes on and on and on.

Women WILL do this when they feel they HAVE to. When they must make this incredibly difficult choice, they NEED safe, legal medical help. If you take that away from them, you are condemning them to death in one form or another. You can NOT claim compassion for ANY human beings if you take away ONE human being's rights over their OWN BODY.

Don't want an abortion? Don't get one. Want to actually help instead of spread hate? HELP someone going through this. Don't preach. Don't condemn. Give education. Financial assistance. A safe person to talk to. COMPASSION. Donate to charities that help educate people about sex so they are well-informed and can PREVENT this from happening. And above all, be thankful that it's not you having to make and live with such a choice.

1:02PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Good for them. Women's rights!!! Marcie troll, why don't you head back to Alabama or Mississippi or whatever backwards anti-woman place you came from..

11:05PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

@Marcie J. Read this article ( and tell me if you think that late-term abortions should be banned.

10:48PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

@Marcie J. So you would condemn women who have a legitimate medical reason to abort after 20 weeks the possibility of doing so?

I'm tired of people thinking that women who have abortions take it lightly. It's a difficult decision but it is the one that only the woman and her doctor can make. Women are not stupid. They are perfectly capable of thinking for themselves and evaluating critically their situations.

The objective that we should all be able to agree upon is that there be as few abortions as possible. That means providing contraception and help with family planning. (I don't want to hear about Margaret Sanger and eugenics. Many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves yet we don't throw out what they accomplished because of that. Different times.)

You don't have to have an abortion if you don't want one. However, I sincerely hope that neither you or any one that you know ever has to face a situation where, in the best interests of the mother, an abortion is the solution.

10:42PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

@ Marcie
"murder of a tiny baby."

First, of all it isn't "murder" if it were, someone by now would have been charged with the crime of murder.

Secondly, it isn't a tiny "baby"- its a wad of sperm.

9:26PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

My body, my choice.

9:07PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Wait a minute. People think this is a GOOD THING? Give me a break. A woman should certainly know by 20 weeks if she's pregnant and by then its the murder of a tiny baby. This sickens me. If I hear one more thing about the woman's rights I'll scream...does anyone care about the baby's rights???

8:04PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

An intelligent act in Arizona remarkable.

4:37PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Thanks for the update.

3:46PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Threatening the Doctors was a BIG mistake. As long as this War was directed only at us lowly women, things were moving right along. The zealots forgot that the AMA has its own Power to push back. Women, Don't Vote for any person who has Waged this War!!!

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