Judge Blocks Part of Major Abortion Law

Judge Blocks Part of Major Abortion Law

(RepublicanPress.org) – The nation’s abortion laws are on the minds of many Americans. Texas implemented a new ban on all abortions after six weeks, and there’s news the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in December in a Mississippi case that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. The controversial medical procedure hit the headlines again this week after a federal judge handed down a ruling in an Arizona case.

On Tuesday, September 28, US District Court Judge Douglas L. Rayes issued a partial preliminary injunction against an Arizona law set to go into effect a few hours later. The new statute would have prohibited abortions based on the presence of genetic abnormalities or other fetal conditions.

Judge Rayes wrote that Arizona’s law failed to encourage open dialogue or foster trust between potential abortion recipients and doctors because the law required doctors to advise patients of the prohibition on abortions based on fetal malformations or deformities. He also explained that the potential damage to the “doctor-patient relationship” outweighed the state’s “abstract” concerns.

Rayes declined to grant an injunction for another portion of the law requiring individuals to refer to fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as “people” starting at conception.

Cathi Herrod, the head of the Center for Arizona Policy, told reporters she remained confident that the courts would eventually uphold the entire law.

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