High court rejects review of Arizona's 20-week abortion ban
January 13th, 2014
09:40 AM ET
6 months ago

High court rejects review of Arizona's 20-week abortion ban

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside Arizona's appeal to reinstate its law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

A federal appeals court last year said the restrictions were unconstitutional.

The high court's refusal without comment to intervene now means the provisions passed in 2012 cannot be enforced.

Twelve states have similar laws, shortening the period the high court established four decades ago, after it said abortion should be legal until viability, when a fetus is generally believed to survive outside the womb. Current medical science puts that at about 24 weeks into the pregnancy.

Legal challenges in other states are working their way through the courts, including in Texas, which passed a variety of measures over access to abortion.

The case is Horne v. Isaacson (13-402).


Filed under: Abortion • Arizona • Supreme Court
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. truman

    We really care about those Sandy Hook Kids but we will allow women to abort their kids

    January 13, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. rs

    tom l

    So I did just google what is going at 20 weeks. I'm not sure how/why liberals on here would be celebrating this ruling. The only word that comes to mind is fanatical. I'm not saying they don't have the right to do this, because they do. But the question is: is this a good thing?

    How your baby's growing:

    Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

    He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
    _______________________
    I hope your delivery goes well, Tom, you'll make a fine mom.
    Ooops, you're not a woma! My word, why do you think this is any of your business?

    January 13, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ tom I

    Very compelling cut and paste argument you made. Thankfully, I never had to make that decision in my childbearing years. My heart goes out to each and every woman who has ever made such a choice in their personal life. Why they did so is none of my business.

    January 13, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Mike S., New Orleans

    Abortion should remain safe, legal, and be made retroactive to age 16.

    January 13, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. meandepiphany

    S.B. Stein, what about taking responsibility before it gets to the point of killing someone just to cover up an "unwanted" pregnancy.

    January 13, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Unknown

    baby killers should die at the moment of conception theres life and women who get abortions should be held for capitol murder i hate baby killers i dont care there is no reason big enough to kill a baby

    January 13, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. ritmocojo

    GOtP = Pro-Life*

    * Only first 9-months.

    January 13, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. jinx9to88

    @Tom

    "So we can now continue to kill 5 month old babies. Wow"

    -----

    Same thing I say when 6 years old are gunned down in the classroom. Why cant we pass simple background checks on all guns sales. So you hypocritical right wackos get a clue you cant get everything you want or believe in.

    January 13, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Furious Styles

    WOW....what a waste of time the legislation spent on this. Time to give it up!

    January 13, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. truman

    The Democrat Party: The pary of NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Dont worry its never the individual fault, just the republicans, tea party, CEO, insurance companys fault.

    January 13, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. paul

    @sniffit: You talk about "tasty babies" and then say "try to stay relevant".....a pretty sick puppy

    January 13, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Marie MD

    Maybe the teaklans should allow contraceptives to be covered, including the nuns! who don't need it.
    I see a lot of Viagra and cialis and testosterone in a can commercials but anything for women so they don't get pregnant?
    The high and mighty so called christians who want to control everything for women up and until they give birth then they wash their hands off the child.

    January 13, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Evergreen

    Education and widely available and affordable birth control products will be more effective in reducing abortions than any laws.

    January 13, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. JLXvsElvis

    I don't like abortion any more than the next guy, but what I like even less is any state government passing laws that end a womans right to choose what she can do with her own body. That's a true Liberal view from a liberal gay man.

    January 13, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. magicpanties

    If conservatives truly want to decrease abortions they will provide free contraceptives to all women and free condoms.
    But of course, they won't.

    January 13, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. tom l

    @rs
    tom l

    So I did just google what is going at 20 weeks. I'm not sure how/why liberals on here would be celebrating this ruling. The only word that comes to mind is fanatical. I'm not saying they don't have the right to do this, because they do. But the question is: is this a good thing?

    How your baby's growing:

    Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

    He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
    _______________________
    I hope your delivery goes well, Tom, you'll make a fine mom.
    Ooops, you're not a woma! My word, why do you think this is any of your business?

    ========

    Totally, totally agree with you that this is none of my business. I have just been reading some of the comments here that appear, in my humble opinion, to be celebrating this as if it's a good thing. I find some of the comments to not take this seriously so I took the time to see what happens at 20 weeks since the ones on here that are joking and think it's funny might get a little perspective.

    But you are correct in that it is not my business if a woman chooses to get an abortion. That's all.

    January 13, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Unknown

    baby killers should die at the moment of conception theres life and women who get abortions should be held for capitol murder i hate baby killers i dont care there is no reason big enough to kill a baby
    ------

    but it's OK to deny a child who has been born the access to food, shelter, education because they're "moochers?" Tightie Righties care only about the unborn. Once delivered, they're on their own

    January 13, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. RodInTexas

    More immoral, unconcionable evil inflicted on a decaying society. Allowing MURDER for the sake of convenience is such a slippery slope. What are YOU planning on doing in the future when someone deterimines that YOU are causing them inconvenience?

    Remember you "judges".......someday YOU TOO will be judged! Enjoy roasting in hell for the wanton murders you have allowed and encouraged.

    January 13, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. rs

    Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "So we can now continue to kill 5 month old babies. "

    Yes, well, that does happen to be when they're at their tastiest.
    ---–
    Your snarky comment is offensive to millions who see this in a different light than you, and to the millions of women who've agonized over such a decision.
    ___________
    Fair-
    The problem with this issue is no one wants to argue it based upon reason.
    The truth is abortion is the ultimate last-ditch solution for a pregnancy- and a pretty poor one. With the exceptions of health issues, sexual abuse or rape, abortion (which is quite legal) needs to remain available. Education is largely the soluition to pregnancy, and so is birth control.
    But hey this is one guy's opinion, and men have no flesh in this game- and so we should have no say.
    Meanwhile, the Right which so prides itself as being the party of personal freedom needs to get out of women's pants and out of peoples' bedrooms.

    January 13, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. romany

    the only reason someone should be having an abortion after the first 8 weeks is if there is something seriously wrong with the fetus or the mothers life is in danger, seriously u know when u find out u are pregnant if u want it or not, mind u use contraception and this wont be an issue

    January 13, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Jason

    Abortion is a right! It should not be taken away from the women. Who are we to tell someone what to do with there body or there kids with in reason. There are always things we don't know about the person using this right they have. We do to much judging of others and not enough of ourselves in society.

    January 13, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. SaveUSA

    What makes me sick is the fact that if you don't want to get pregnant then take precautions, don't use this as a means of birth control. Now this applies to both the female and male. I do not condone abortion, but I do understand the need for it (rape, incest, etc). But for those, AGAIN, using it as a form of birth control you make me SICK.

    For those that believe in God, then renounce your religion if you believe abortion should exist (again taking out the horrible acts of rape, incest)

    January 13, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. rs

    Furious Styles

    WOW....what a waste of time the legislation spent on this. Time to give it up!
    ___________________________
    Well, worse, the millions of taxpayer dollars the GOP wastes on their un-defendable laws. So much for "fiscal conservatism". Perhaps they could actually help children after they are born if they didn't waste so much money forcing them to be born in the first place.

    January 13, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. carolin

    @Tom:
    Serious or fatha birth defects can not be detected on ultrasound prior to about 20 weeks. Most, about 99%, of these late abortions are due to these defects. Most of these fetuses are very much WANTED babies and the decision to terminate the pregnancy was not easily or lightly made.

    January 13, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Bill

    Keep this stone-age social control laws going, it will ensure the quick and painless end to the political movement that espouses it.

    January 13, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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