With Arizona case, Supreme Court postpones major abortion ruling

January 22, 2014 • Reproductive Health, United States, News

With Arizona case, Supreme Court postpones major abortion ruling
Justices decline to revive a state ban on abortions after 20 weeks, passing over the opportunity to comment on a string of similar restrictions.
By David G. Savage and Richard A. Serrano

See: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-scotus-abortion-arizona-20140114,0,7908092.story#axzz2qT7CQpQ6

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to revive an Arizona law that largely banned abortions after 20 weeks put off for at least another year a clear constitutional ruling on whether conservative states may adopt new restrictions on women seeking to end their pregnancies.

The decision, marking the third time this term that justices have declined to take up an abortion case, suggested the closely split court is not anxious to jump into the divide between red states and blue states over abortion rights.

Arizona’s law was the court’s first opportunity to comment on the string of state laws that have passed since 2010 limiting abortions to a window less than the 24 weeks commonly accepted under Roe vs. Wade. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Arizona law as unconstitutional last year, and Monday’s action allowed that ruling to stand.

At least 13 other states have passed similar laws and most remain in effect because they are outside the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit. However, legal appeals of those laws could bring the issue back to the Supreme Court later, especially if other appellate courts issue conflicting opinions on the 20-week restriction.

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