Opinion: An Arizona Judge Has Banned Abortion Statewide by Reinstating an 1864 Law

Daniella Cressman

It seems that we are now regressing rapidly back to the 1800s in America—which is supposed to be the land of the free.

On Friday, an Arizona judge lifted a 50-year-old injunction on a 19th-century abortion, nearly outlawing the procedure in the state: Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson ruled that Arizona's 1864 abortion law—which was codified in 1901 and then enjoined after the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision—supersedes a 15-week ban enacted by the state Legislature. Attorney General Mark Brnovich had asked the courts to clarify which law was valid—he had been pushing to uphold the arguably archaic and more comprehensive ban.

Women have every right to make their own decisions about abortion— an extremely intimate and personal medical procedure.

Sadly, it seems that too many people have been threatened by women's autonomy when it comes to this issue.

"The 19th century ban now in effect has an exception when the pregnant woman's life is at stake but not for rape, incest, or health risks...No archaic law should dictate our reproductive freedom and how we live our lives today...This is not the end of the fight.'" —Britany Fonteno (president of Planned Parenthood)

Unfortunately, "archaic" is a completely accurate term for describing women's rights in too many states that aspire to treat each and every individual as an equal. In this particular case, it appears that Arizona has made the wrong decision, as have many other communities who clearly have no problem regressing to the oppressive norms of the past.

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