Planned Parenthood Arizona files response asking courts to harmonize Arizona's abortion laws

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 3:17pm

Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a response to Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s request that a court lift an injunction blocking the enforcement of a near total 1901 abortion ban. 

The 27-page filing is asking a judge to harmonize the state’s abortion laws that have been passed over the last 50 years. Brittany Fonteno is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. 

“The Legislature here in Arizona has enacted numerous laws that have recognized and regulated abortion as a lawful medical procedure in the state," Fonteno said. 

A lack of clarity about which law is in effect has also had a chilling effect on many providers.

“So it is our position that when when the court steps in to harmonize these, they have to be able to apply the pieces that make sense in order for all of the various laws that have been passed over the past several years to be able to regulate abortion in our new post-Roe landscape," Fonteno said. 

The 1901 territorial law was written at a time when women in this country did not have the right to vote. 

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