Good news — Arizona’s unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban has been struck down.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court Tuesday struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy absent a medical emergency.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violated a woman’s constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. “Viability” of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks. [...]
The judge wrote that “a woman has a constitutional right to choose to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable.”
The bill’s supporters are vowing to take this all the way the Supreme Court and I have no doubt that they will. It’s possible, however, that the Supreme Court could decline to hear the case.