Arizona senate repeals near-total abortion ban

by ian

The Arizona Senate voted yesterday to repeal the state’s near-total abortion ban after a similar measure passed in the House last week.

The Arizona Supreme Court reinstated the Civil War-era ban last month, though the state said it would not enforce it for another 45 days. The repeal will cause the state’s 15-week abortion ban to take effect, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in 2022 a few months before Roe v Wade was overturned.

Two Republican Senators voted in favor of the repeal, arguing that keeping it in place would likely mean more voters would support a ballot measure in November that would enshrine abortion into the state constitution.

The repeal now goes to Gov. Katie Hobbs, who says she’ll sign it.