Think Tank talks abortion with Planned Parenthood advocate Chris Love

Jul 22, 2022, 11:00 AM

FILE - People march through Downtown Atlanta on June 24, 2022, to protest the Supreme Court's decis...

FILE - People march through Downtown Atlanta on June 24, 2022, to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, overturned a lower court ruling and said Georgia's restrictive 2019 abortion law should be allowed to take effect. The Georgia law bans most abortions once a "detectable human heartbeat" is present. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

(AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

Legalized abortion with some restrictions had been the law of the land for the last 50 years. The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade has left the matter to the states and triggered a flurry of activity in state legislatures.

• Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has argued that a pre-Civil War statute and a second 1905 territorial law banning abortion are once again in effect.

• Paul Bender, Arizona State University law professor and former chief deputy solicitor general of the U.S., has opined that the AG’s opinion is not legally binding.

• Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has said she is unlikely to prosecute cases of survivors of rape and incest.

• Her opponent in the upcoming election, Julie Gunnigle, has stated that she will simply not prosecute abortion cases at all.

Bottom line: many cases are clearly headed to the courts for resolution. And it looks like abortion will, after the dust settles, will essentially be legal in about half of the states and illegal in the other half.

Chris Love, an attorney long associated with Planned Parenthood, will join the Think Tank and discuss both these evolving issues and that organization’s plans to deal with them.

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Think Tank talks abortion with Planned Parenthood advocate Chris Love