Arizona Attorney General race is about abortion: Live coverage: 2022 primaries: NPR


After several nights of abortion rights protests, security fencing and barbed wire surround the Arizona Capitol, Monday, June 27, 2022, in Phoenix.

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Arizona Attorney General race is about abortion: Live coverage: 2022 primaries: NPR

After several nights of abortion rights protests, security fencing and barbed wire surround the Arizona Capitol, Monday, June 27, 2022, in Phoenix.

Ross D. Franklin/AP

PHOENIX – There’s a lot of confusion around what’s legal in Arizona when it comes to abortion after Roe v. Wade.

Arizona has an abortion law that dates back to the 1800s, decades before it became a state. A debate around this law has put the race for the post of attorney general in the spotlight.

This law prohibits abortions with very few exceptions, and it has never been repealed. But the state also has a number of newer laws that restrict abortion in various other ways. For example, the state legislature this year passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of gestation. So the question is, what laws are vendors expected to follow?

Current Arizona State Attorney General, Republican Mark Brnovich, Declares Former Ban on Territorial Days is enforceable. But Brnovich is at the end of his term, so both sides of the issue are now really focused on who will replace him and what the next AG’s interpretation of Arizona law will be.

On the Republican side, there are six candidates and they have all indicated they plan to enforce state laws that restrict abortion.

On the Democratic side, there is only one unopposed candidate who says any abortion limits in Arizona are in violation of the state constitution, which guarantees everyone’s right to privacy.

For now, most abortions have already stopped in Arizona. Arizona’s current attorney general is seeking to enforce the state’s 19th-century ban, but the matter is stalled in court. Planned Parenthood and other providers don’t want to risk it until the law is clear. There are already reports of California clinics receiving a large influx of patients from Arizona.


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