Arizona AG Says She Won’t Enforce Abortion Ban

Abortion opponents stand outside the driveway to the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, to protest against abortion, while the "Pink House" defenders wait to escort women entering the clinic, Thursday, June 23, 2022. The clinic is the only facility that performs abortions in the state. Opponents of abortion are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a case pertaining to Mississippi's ban on most abortions after the 15th week, that could result in a reversal of Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Democratic Attorney General Kristin Mayes of Arizona announced on Tuesday that she would not enforce a ruling from her state’s supreme court upholding an 1864 law that bans most abortions.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that a law criminalizing abortions, except in cases where necessary to save the mother’s life, may be enforced following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationin 2022, which ruled that there is no constitutional right to an abortion. Mayes, one of the named parties in the case, subsequently issued a statement on X condemning the decision while claiming that her prosecutors would not enforce the law against doctors and women seeking abortions.