ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Supreme Court grants 90-day delay on enforcement of state’s 1864 abortion law

May 13, 2024, 3:34 PM | Updated: 4:32 pm

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday granted a 90-day stay on allowing the state’s 1864 abortion law to go back into effect, clearing the way for a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision doesn’t allow the law to go into effect until Sept. 26, giving Attorney General Kris Mayes more time to consider filing an appeal and lessening the possible time the law could be enforceable in Arizona. Before the decision, the law could have been enforced starting June 26.

What is the current abortion law in Arizona?

The 15-week pregnancy law is currently in effect as Arizona’s prevailing law.

The Arizona Legislature voted to repeal the 1864 law last month and Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs signed House Bill 2677 on May 2. The bill won’t become effective until 90 days after the legislative session concludes, so a period during which almost all abortions could be prohibited in the state is still possible. The legislative session typically ends in June or July.

Mayes has vowed to explore all options to keep the 160-year-old law from taking effect.

“I continue to believe this case was wrongly decided and there are issues that merit additional judicial review,” Mayes said in a statement. “I will do everything I can to ensure that doctors can provide medical care for their patients according to their best judgment, not the beliefs of the men elected to the territorial legislature 160 years ago.”

What’s the recent history of Arizona abortion now?

Arizona’s abortion rights battle began after the state Supreme Court set the clock back to the 1864 law on April 9.

The law, which dated back to before Arizona became a state, made it illegal to perform an abortion except when necessary to save the mother’s life. There were no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. It carried a sentence of 2-5 years in prison for doctors or anyone else who assists in an abortion.

After the ruling, Democrats pushed forward House Bill 2677, but it took bipartisan support to finally bring it to Hobbs’ desk.

The House passed it with votes from three Republicans. After that, the Senate passed it with two votes from Republicans.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Bar and grill chain Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is opening its 17th location in Arizona and first in...

Bailey Leasure

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers to open new location in Surprise

Bar and grill chain Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers is opening its 17th location in Arizona and first in Surprise.

1 hour ago

Loop-101-off-ramp...

Nick Borgia

Loop 101 off-ramp set to close in Scottsdale for highway expansion

The off-ramp of northbound Loop 101 at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard is scheduled to be closed for approximately 60 days, officials announced.

2 hours ago

Gov. Katie Hobbs and Arizona Commerce Authority president Sandra Watson announced a new Canadian tr...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

New Canada trade office unveiled in Arizona

A Canadian trade office is opening in the Valley to bolster ties between Arizona and its second-largest trading partner behind Mexico.

2 hours ago

A crash tied up traffic on southbound State Route 51 near Bethany Home Road on Monday, May 27, 2024...

KTAR.com

Southbound lanes of State Route 51 closed near Bethany Home Road due to crash

State Route 51 is closed for southbound traffic near Bethany Home Road on Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced.

9 hours ago

Several donors are matching contributions made to Fountain Hills' International Dark Sky Discovery ...

KTAR.com

Donors to match contributions to Fountain Hills Dark Sky Center for limited time

From now until June 20, several donors are matching contributions made to Fountain Hills' International Dark Sky Discovery Center.

10 hours ago

Gov. Katie Hobbs was one of several officials who attended the Salt River Flats ribbon-cutting cere...

KTAR.com

Weekend Wrap-Up: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from May 24-27

From new affordable housing to the Secure the Border Act, here are some of the biggest news stories in the Valley over the weekend.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Arizona Supreme Court grants 90-day delay on enforcement of state’s 1864 abortion law