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County Judge: Arizona Can Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban

    County Judge: Arizona Can Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban
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    Facts

    • Pima County Superior Court Judge, Kellie Johnson, last week granted a request by Arizona's Republican attorney general to lift a court injunction that had barred the enforcement of a pre-statehood ban on abortion. [1]
    • Friday's ruling means that clinics statewide will have to stop providing abortions - any that continue offering the procedure may face criminal charges unless a pregnant woman's life is in jeopardy due to the condition. [2]
    • The reinstated law, which dates from 1864, bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. The law was updated and codified in 1901, before the Supreme Court enshrined a federal right to abortion through Roe v. Wade in 1973. Because of the reinstatement, doctors and other healthcare professionals could face between two and five years in prison for performing an abortion in Arizona. [3]
    • A spokesperson for Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, stated, "Ducey was proud to sign SB 1164, which goes into effect tomorrow. Arizona remains one of the most pro-life states in the country." [4]
    • On Sat. September 24th, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that 'the potential consequences of this ruling are catastrophic, dangerous and unacceptable' and that the decision 'exemplifies the disturbing trend across the country of Republican officials... dead-set on stripping women of their rights'. [5]
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    Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Arizona's abortion ruling is literally sending women's rights back more than a century and a half. Republicans have catastrophically eroded reproductive rights through this sickening, draconian setback.

    Republican narrative

    Corporate media is not interested in the reality that left-leaning abortion extremism is exceptionally unpopular among Americans. Dozens of mainstream outlets are failing to ask difficult questions about the dangerous and inflammatory ideas the left-wing are proposing, and that are opposed by their audiences. This reflects a serious journalistic failure.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 5% chance that elective abortion will be banned nationally in the US before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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