Abortion proceedings in Arizona to resume as court grants stay request


PHOENIX — Planned Parenthood’s motion to stay in a lawsuit filed against a near-total ban on abortion in Arizona was granted Friday by appeals court judges.

The ruling temporarily blocks enforcement of a law banning abortion that was established before Arizona gained statehood and enforces a law passed earlier this year that allows abortion until further notice. in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

This allows Planned Parenthood to resume abortion proceedings while the trial continues.

“The appeals court said the trial court got it wrong, we’re going to put the old law back on hold, which means the 15-week law is in effect now,” the legal expert said. from KTAR, Monica Lindstrom. KTAR News Gaydos and Chad from 92.3 FM.

Arizona Court of Appeals Justices Vasquez and Swann made the decision in response to an emergency motion from Planned Parenthood.

The court also ruled that a conference would be held on Tuesday to determine whether the case should be expedited further with dates for an information schedule.

Last Friday, a Pima County Superior Court decision denied her stay, meaning women wanting an abortion should have sought alternative options out of state.

Abortion providers have halted proceedings as the issue makes its way through the courts.

“The Court of Appeal, when it suspended the old law, basically said the trial court got it wrong. The trial court has a responsibility to review all of Arizona’s abortion laws and bring them into harmony,” Lindstrom said.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has been trying to prevent the near-total ban from taking effect since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June.

State law enforcement officials, including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Maricopa County Acting Attorney Rachel Mitchell, have sought clarification, either from the courts or from the legislature.

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