Attorneys general for 23 states have filed an amicus brief asking the Ninth Circuit court to uphold its block on an Arizona law that restricts abortion because of a genetic prenatal diagnosis, such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis. The law, SB 1457, was signed by Governor Doug Ducey in April and was slated to go into effect on September 29, but was blocked in the courts after a challenge by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The decision to terminate a pregnancy before viability is a personal choice and is protected under the law,” said California Attorney General Ray Bonta, who filed the brief. “Unconstitutional laws like Arizona’s reason ban have the potential to impact millions of Americans, including Californians who choose to visit, work, or go to school in the state. Using the law to take away a constitutional right from people who are already making a tremendously complex choice cannot stand. My office has and will continue to oppose this ban and others like it.”