The Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling today in Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Mayes/Hazelrigg, allowing the enforcement of a Civil War-era, near-total ban on abortion. While the ruling is a devastating blow for Arizonans who believe in the freedom to choose when to start or expand their family, abortion is still accessible in Arizona for a limited period of time.

Jared Keenan, legal director of the ACLU of Arizona, shared the following reaction: 

“Today’s shameful decision to allow an antiquated and dangerous near-total abortion ban to be enforced will have tragic consequences for Arizonans and their families. Arizonans deserve the right to make personal decisions about their reproductive health care, free from government interference. We are devastated by today’s ruling but we remain committed to defending reproductive freedom in the courts, at the legislature, as well as in communities across the state towards the passage of the Arizona for Abortion Access Act this November. The urgency to enshrine the right to abortion in our state’s constitution has never been more necessary.”