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Doctors can currently provide abortion care up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, forcing anyone past that point to travel out of state.
Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, Arizonans have faced uncertainty about the ability to access abortion care. The decision caused devastating clinic closures and conflicting messages from the state’s top elected officials increased confusion. The ramifications of overturning Roe led to ongoing court battles to determine if a total abortion ban from 1864 would go into effect.
On December 30, 2022, a court ruled to allow doctors to provide abortion care up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, in accordance with a ban that passed in 2022. However, the total ban was not repealed or blocked in this decision and criminalizes anyone who provides abortion care without state-required credentials.
Abortion bans hurt all of us, and we must keep fighting to restore full access to care.
Arizonans have faced attacks to restrict abortion access for decades. Even before Roe v. Wade was overturned, state lawmakers passed many unnecessary restrictions on abortion that make this form of healthcare less safe and disproportionately impact the same people who have always faced systemic barriers to care — communities of color, people living on low-incomes, undocumented immigrants, young people, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.
The ACLU of Arizona is 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.