Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
A conservative activist federal district court judge ignored case law precedent and went with his own views on abortion in permitting Arizona's abortion law to take effect on Thursday. Judge to let Arizona's abortion ban take effect:
In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Teilborg said the Legislature cited "the substantial and well-documented evidence that an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion by at least 20 weeks gestational age."
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Teilborg noted the law does not bar all abortions after 20 weeks gestational age, but rather regulates them. The law, he said, contains exceptions that would allow abortions in medical emergencies. Those emergencies would include situations that could lead to the mother's death, ectopic pregnancies, and instances where an abortion would avert "substantial and irreversible impairment" of a major bodily function.
The Center for Reproductive Rights issued a written statement calling the judge's decision "callous," adding that it allows government to further intrude on private decisions.
"Today's decision casts aside decades of legal precedent, ignoring constitutional protections for reproductive rights that have been upheld by the United States Supreme Court for nearly 40 years and threatening women's health and lives," Nancy Northup, the center's president and CEO, said in the statement.
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A trio of abortion doctors had challenged the constitutionality of the law and last week in court argued for either a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction. Teilborg denied both motions.