An Arizona judge withdrew an injunction on the enforcement of a 1973 state law that forbade abortions in the state for women who were more than 15 weeks pregnant, Fox News informed.
The state attorney general is now free to bring charges against abortion providers.
The decision was made public on Friday by Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich, who hailed it as a victory for the state’s successful defense of life.
A Pima County court lifted an injunction on Arizona’s abortion law, according to a statement from Brnovich.
He said that they commend the court for honoring the legislature’s wishes and for giving clarity and uniformity on this crucial matter, and he pledged to continue to defend Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens.
After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling was made public in June, Brnovich requested the Pima County court to allow his office relief from the injunction.
Weeks before the court declared that women had the constitutional right to an abortion, the 1973 anti-abortion statute went into effect.
Because a court may take into account later modifications to either statutory or case law, the Pima County judge found that Brnovich’s request for relief was appropriate.
The parties agree that remedy is necessary, Judge Kellie Johnson continued.
Additionally, she said that Planned Parenthood agreed that Dobbs had a major impact on the law and that it would not be fair to enforce the judgment as it had been initially entered.
Planned Parenthood disagreed with Brnovich’s claim that the full injunction should be lifted, enabling his office to enforce the state’s statute, even if it did not argue that some alteration should be permitted.
According to Johnson’s decision, Brnovich stated that “the judgment should be invalidated totally because it was based primarily on Roe which has been overruled.”
A modified injunction was requested by Planned Parenthood in an effort to address all the pro-abortion policies Arizona has enacted since 1973.
Lifting the injunction, the group claimed, “would spark controversy over abortion in Arizona.”