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Following the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that ended the federal constitutional right to abortion, risk of criminal prosecution has forced physicians to suspend abortion services in Arizona.
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued a ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark decision recognizing the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago. While abortion is still legal in Arizona, this decision will have a devastating impact in our state. Several state laws passed after Roe recognize that it’s legal to provide and receive abortion care in Arizona, but conflicting laws have sown confusion and puts providers and patients at risk.
Arizonans have faced attacks aimed at eliminating abortion access for decades. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a monumental setback, but the ACLU will never stop fighting for a person's right to decide if and when to have a child. On Saturday, June 25, the ACLU and partners filed an emergency motion asking the courts to ensure that Arizona's vauge "personhood requirement" cannot be used to prosecute pregnant people and abortion providers in Arizona. On Monday, July 11, a federal district court blocked this law from being enforced. While we’re glad that prosecutors can't use this to go after pregnant people or providers, the fight for abortion access continues.
We are committed to working with impacted communities, partners, and allies to protect comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. We will continue to fight in the courts, in statehouses, in Congress, at the ballot box, and in communities across the state until everyone can access safe, affordable, and reliable care that is free from stigma.