Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

Supreme Court won't revive Arizona's strict abortion rules

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Monday to revive an Arizona law that would have prohibited most abortions after a pregnancy had reached 20 weeks.

The court, as is its custom, gave no reason for declining to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that the law was unconstitutional because it violated standards set by the Supreme Court 40 years ago in Roe vs. Wade.

About a dozen other states have passed laws similar to Arizona's, hoping they would provide a way to challenge the court's ruling that abortion must be generally available to women before a fetus reaches viability, which is generally considered to be around 24 weeks.

It is the third time this term that the court has decided not to review a lower court decision that struck down a restrictive state law. The other two came from Oklahoma, where a law would have practically eliminated drug-induced abortions and also required what opponents said would be unnecessary ultrasound tests.

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