Arizona Supreme Court upholds century-old abortion ban. 

 A 160-year-old statute banning abortions except when “it is necessary to save” a pregnant woman's life was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday, making a Civil War-era abortion law enforceable.  

 The statute was codified in 1901 from 1864, before Arizona became a state. It punishes abortion providers with two to five years in prison and puts Arizona among the states with the harshest abortion laws, along with Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, which ban abortion almost entirely.  

 The state Supreme Court delayed enforcement of the statute for 14 days to allow the plaintiffs to challenge it in a lower court, including its constitutionality.  

 At a news conference following the court's judgment, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes pledged to not prosecute women or doctors under the harsh statute during his tenure. Not by me or any state county attorney. Nor on my watch.”  

 Mayes said her office is exploring ways to stop the law from being enacted in the state.  

“Today's decision to reimpose a law from a time when Arizona wasn't a state, the Civil War was raging, and women couldn't vote will go down in history as a stain on our state,” she stated online. 

 The Arizona Supreme Court entrance in Phoenix on April 9. Go Nakamura/Reuters The issue was renewed when the US Supreme Court threw down Roe v. Wade in June 2022, stating there was no federal constitutional right to abortion  

 Arizona's former attorney general tried to reinstate the state's near-total abortion prohibition, but Planned Parenthood Arizona fought it, starting years of legal battles that led to Tuesday's verdict.  

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