The Justice of Arizona (southwestern USA) ruled this Friday against the state government and blocked the application of a law from the mid-nineteenth century that prohibits abortion in practically all cases.
A Court of Appeals temporarily ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and overturned the ruling of a lower judge, which had allowed the state to apply that law from more than 150 years ago despite the fact that other laws related to abortion have been approved in Arizona in more recent times. recent.
In September, that judge had given his approval to the application of the norm, after the United States Supreme Court Repeal in June the protection of abortion throughout the country and de facto allow each state to set its laws.
The law prohibits abortions in all cases except those in which the life of the mother is in danger.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision, several states controlled by the Republican Party they have passed or reinstated laws against abortion.
In mid-September, the state legislatures of West Virginia legally prohibited abortion in almost all cases, with exceptions only in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.
Until then, abortion had been legal in Virginia Occidental until twenty weeks of gestation.
The state – one of the most conservative in the country – thus became the second to ban abortion by law since the US Supreme Court in June revoked the “Roe v. Wade” ruling that since 1973 had protected women’s right to to choose. In August, Indiana – also under Republican control – was the first state to take this step.
(With information from EFE)