High court rejects review of Arizona's 20-week abortion ban
January 13th, 2014
09:40 AM ET
7 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
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  1. Rudy NYC

    ktfromAZ

    Silence DoGood ~ You believe in your own definition of God. As a Christian, I believe in the God of the bible, which states "Thou shalt not murder"

    RUDY NYC~ God's court is the highest of the land..
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    THE LAW SAYS that God's court is limited to the property line upon which his establishment of religion rests.

    Besides, I do believe that the Christian God reserves the right of judgement for himself. A true believer would be usurping God's authority to impose God's laws upon others, most especially sinners. You've been instructed to spread The Word, not impose it through force, particularly through heretical use of political force.

    January 13, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. longfisch

    sqeptiq
    When someone can tell us their recollections of time in the womb, I will believe a fetus is a person
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I have never heard of anyone recollecting on their first few days outside the womb either, I guess they are also not considered a person in your opinion?

    Looking forward to reading the hatred I receive for feeling a baby begins when it is viable outside the womb, not just when the head pops out, or as sqeptiq feels, when they are several months old.

    January 13, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. ktfromAZ

    They will suffer and die if they are aborted. What the difference?

    Pick form the menu:

    Package A: assisted death Package B: natural death

    Press 1 : to continue Press 2: for English

    Press 3 : to Mess with Creation

    xxx

    January 13, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. radar8

    It's not Pro-Life, it's Pro-Control and Anti-Choice. The GOP referring to themselves as "pro-life" is laughable. The GOP thinks that all microscopic life is sacred, but after it's born feel free to oppress it, send it to jail and send it to fight and die in a war. Non-USA life is worth even less to the GOP.

    January 13, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    sarabethany

    I oppose the 20-week ban because most genetic testing (via amniocentesis) can't be done until 15-18 weeks. If there is a severe or fatal genetic disease, it could take a couple more weeks to get the results back, make a decision, and schedule an abortion. By then, it might be too late to do the abortion. So the state is basically forcing couples to carry to term a fetus that will just suffer and die, sometimes immediately after birth. Because pro-life.
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    Respectfully, your arguement does not hold water. The AZ law has exclusions for rape, incest (why you would wait 20 weeks in those 2 cases is beyond me, but whatever), fetal abnormality, and the peril of the mother's life.

    January 13, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Jay Adams

    How about were over populated and need to sustain babies from popping out left and right? Do any of us think of the future?

    January 13, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. ktfromAZ

    Rudy from NYC It is hard to speak to someone who is not of like-minded faith.

    Don't tell me how to profess my faith. Jesus was no WIMP

    I am a Christian. ...born of Catholic-Irish German ancestry. I am an American. My Top Gun AF pilot father was killed in a fighter jet before I was born.

    Think before you throw life away in the trash.
    Life is precious.

    January 13, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    ktfromAZ

    Rudy from NYC It is hard to speak to someone who is not of like-minded faith.

    Don't tell me how to profess my faith. Jesus was no WIMP
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    I have not been telling you, or anyone else, how to profess your faith. You're doing a find job of that yourself.

    In fact, my message is the polar opposite of what you accuse me of doing. Stop trying to tell others how to practice their faith, most especially if they do not have one that coincides with yours. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

    And, if you think that I am a person without faith, then you've been blinded to the truth because your judgement has been clouded by hate.

    January 13, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @ktfromAZ
    Silence DoGood ~ You believe in your own definition of God. As a Christian, I believe in the God of the bible, which states "Thou shalt not murder"
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    I believe this too. The debate is whether the fetus is alive. I know how you feel. There are differences of opinion. Why does your opinion and religion become the law of the land? How dare you tell me what to believe?
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    "God's court is the highest of the land.." – absolutely NOT – the Founding Fathers did not set up a "God's court". You may have one in your head or church but there is no such place in Washington DC. You are free to be subject to your God's court – you can even build a building to such. You have that right – but it has no sway over me in the USA.

    January 13, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. ktfromAZ

    Rud and Si ~ That's cool.

    There will never be a solution in this lifetime.

    I must go and care for my children.

    peace Out

    January 13, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. SoldierOfConscience

    Nobody has a right to kill an unb0rn child. over and out. We should
    1. stop ab0rt1on
    2. stop b1rth c0ntrol
    3. stop "no fault divorce", marriage is sacred
    4. marriage = 1 man + 1 woman

    The world will become a much better place.

    January 13, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. SoldierOfConscience

    > you don't have to have an abortion if you don't want one, but you can't force your decision onto a woman

    so . DOnt rob a store if you dont want to but dont stop the thug from robbing said store,

    similar argument

    January 13, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. SoldierOfConscience

    Please answer True or False only. Any other answer will be treated as True
    Q1. Fetus is composed of living cells
    Q2. Fetus is composed of human cells
    Q3. All the fetuses in the womb, taken together, have unique DNA not present in any other human being alive today. i.e. it is a unique human
    Q4. If the mother's health is not at risk, then the fetus is not harming the mom or any other human being alive today.

    If it is true for all four then the fetus is a unique living human being who is not harming anyone.

    January 13, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @SoldierOfConscience
    1. stop ab0rt1on
    2. stop b1rth c0ntrol
    3. stop "no fault divorce", marriage is sacred
    4. marriage = 1 man + 1 woman
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    You are a hard core Religion in Government guy. One religion, no gays, no choice, Theocratic Laws.
    The Taliban needs more "soldiers" like you!
    I thank God people like you do not run the USA!

    January 13, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    SoldierOfConscience

    > you don't have to have an abortion if you don't want one, but you can't force your decision onto a woman

    so . DOnt rob a store if you dont want to but dont stop the thug from robbing said store,

    similar argument
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    Instead of calling the police, you're going to be the hero and save the day by stopping said thug? How? "Thou shalt not kill." What are you going to do?

    What about the individual who might be physically incapable of stopping said thug? Are you going to condemn them, too?

    What if an innocent bystander gets injured due to your attempt to stop said thug? Are you going to continue to try to stop the thug, or will you try to save the innocent bystander?

    What do so many on the right think they have the right to take God's job into their own hands? "Vengence is mine." You should be spreading The Word, not imposing it through force. Yours is the mindset of holy wars. That's evil in my book. You personify the false prophets that we have been warned about.

    January 13, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. greg

    This isn't a fight for women at all. I'm pro-abortion, even though an abortion means the death of a child, but this is honestly just a fight to defend irresponsible women who are either dumb and didn't notice that they missed 4 periods over 5 months, or just women who are making a split second decision based on emotion and never thought of adoption.

    If you wanna kill you baby, go ahead, I would too. But I'm just a selfish male.

    But can we please stop justifying the killing of babies, own it. Only a scientifically illiterate individual would try to redefine life.

    January 13, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Me

    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?
    ___________________
    I see condoms advertised on a daily basis so your post is completely FALSE!!!! (by the way, PROOF READ your comments for crying out loud, they are almost incoherent!) That being said I am pro-choice but I do think after 20 weeks is pretty crazy, if you can't make up your mind before 20 weeks you should NOT have it, you will regret it since you already clearly have reservations!

    January 13, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. skarphace

    SoldierOfConscience: "If it is true for all four then the fetus is a unique living human being who is not harming anyone."

    Those are the wrong questions as that is not the issue. The issue is who should be making the decision whether or not to carry the fetus to term, the pregnant woman or a government official.

    If you say the government official, then we should take all pregnant women into custody who are or may be pregnant and strap them down in a bed to make sure that they do not have an abortion and if that child is miscarried, we should charge the woman with murder as her body killed the child.

    There really is no other way to prevent abortions. We tried having abortions illegal. Did that work? Not even close. Making abortions illegal does not prevent abortions. All it does is establish that our government has the right to control the body of women. I do not feel that our government should have the right to choose for a woman.

    January 13, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Daren

    @SoldierOfConscience
    We should do none of these things because the world would become a much worse place.

    January 13, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. radar8

    ktfromAZ – You say life is precious, and it is. Are the lives of those that are killed in a preemptive war worth less? Will you take care of those you force to have babies? Will you help the mother and child financially, or will you do what most of your type do, namely force the women to bear the children and then demonize them for being poor and needing welfare?

    If you can force women to bear children, you should be required to care for them for life.

    January 13, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. radar8

    SoldierOfConscience – Do you feel the same way about war? What about thethousands that were murdered by the US in Iraq? Is that OK because the US needed the oil? Did you vote for Bush? Then you voted to murder innocent men, women and children.
    I find it so hypocritical that you talk about the value of life when it comes to fetuses, but completely ignore that value when you murder in the name of Big Oil.

    January 13, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. rs

    SoldierOfConscience

    Nobody has a right to kill an unb0rn child. over and out. We should
    1. stop ab0rt1on
    2. stop b1rth c0ntrol
    3. stop "no fault divorce", marriage is sacred
    4. marriage = 1 man + 1 woman

    The world will become a much better place.
    ___________________
    Feel free to do so if that's what you want. But don't think for a minute you get to tell anyone else how to live.

    January 13, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Me

    Sniffit

    "And, from reading the comments here, the only ones that appear to not take this seriously are the comments from the left."

    Why should we take you seriously? This is decided. It's done. It's long-standing precedent and a half century of beating it like a red-headed wedge issue has gotten nowhere.
    ____________________
    I will say the same thing about gun control sniffy so next story about it, I expect you will NOT comment then, it is decided, it is done!!!! But we all know that you will come out firing your comments on how much we need gun control!! Hypocrite!!

    January 13, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Daren

    @radar8
    Could you possibly strawman any harder?

    January 13, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Me

    Aerin

    Republicans should REALLY LEARN to STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S BEDROOMS.

    MASSIVE BIG GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO PEOPLE"S LIVES.
    ________________
    Got to love people that just fire the liberal talking points, this is not about what someone does in their "bedroom", this is 20+ weeks later. Do you need the birds and bees talk??? You just can't fix stupid!

    January 13, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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