Arizona Senate Votes to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban. What It Means and What’s Next

The Arizona state Senate voted Wednesday to repeal a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions that was set to take effect in June.

The vote in the Republican-led Senate followed its passage in the Arizona House last week. The ban went into effect briefly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it. Roe v. Wade in 2022, before being blocked by the courts, and was revived by the state’s highest court on April 9 in a decision that sparked public outcry and threatened to upend politics in the state during of an election year.


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