Arizona justice reverts to 19th century law

SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 04, 2022 Abortion rights protesters chant during a Pro Choice rally at the Tucson Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona on Monday, July 4, 2022. – The White House on September 24, 2022, blasted a court ruling in Arizona that imposes a near-complete ban on abortions in the southwestern US state as “catastrophic, dangerous and unacceptable.” (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP)


(Photo of protesters at a protest against Arizona’s new anti-abortion law, in Tucson on September 24, 2022)

UNITED KINGDOM – The terrible regression. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre condemned this Saturday, September 24 “the potentially catastrophic, dangerous and unacceptable consequences” of a Friday court decision in Arizona, which according to American media reactivated a 19th century law almost completely banning abortion.

“If this decision is confirmed, health personnel will risk up to five years in prison if they fulfill their duty of care; survivors of rape and incest would be forced to bear the children of their attackers; and (pregnant) women with health problems would face terrible risks”assured Karine Jean-Pierre in a press release.

Kellie Johnson, a judge for Pima County in Arizona, handed down a decision on Friday that caused a stir in the United States, where access to voluntary pregnancy terminations, always a politically hot topic, is at the center of the campaign for the legislative elections in November.

The magistrate relies in her judgment on a recent decision of the very conservative American Supreme Court, which dynamited at the end of June the right to abortion that its jurisprudence guaranteed since 1973 throughout the American territory.

Republican Governor Doug Ducey has indicated that he considers that following this reversal of case law, it is a law adopted to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy which would preempt the previous texts, but this interpretation does not enjoy a consensus.

The judge, she, considered that the decision of the high court made a clean sweep, and returned the law in the matter to what it was before 1973.

Return to laws of 1864 and 1901

This has the consequence, according to several American media, of bringing back into force extremely restrictive texts dating from 1864 and 1901 – before American women had the right to vote and even before this Western state officially joined, in 1912, the United States.

Several conservative US states have implemented total or partial abortion bans after the Supreme Court decision.

The Democratic Party, led by President Joe Biden, hopes to mobilize voters to defend access to abortion at the polls, during the mid-term elections in November, which will partially renew the Senate and completely renew the House of Representatives. .

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