Arizona-Sonora Abortion Laws Create Cross-Border Pro-Life Zone

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego speaks to reporters at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jonathan Copper)

The Mexican state bordering Arizona has prohibited most abortions, effectively creating a cross-border pro-life zone in the southwest region.

Last week, Arizona’s Supreme Court ruled that an 1864 law prohibiting most abortions from the moment of conception was constitutional and could be enforced by law enforcement authorities.

The new restrictions bring the current abortion climate into closer focus since, for many years, Mexican women have endured pro-life laws with few exceptions just south of the border. As a result, many Mexican women would cross the border temporarily into Arizona to evade tough abortion restrictions in Sonora.