Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a 15-week abortion ban into law Wednesday, making Arizona the first state to enact such a ban this year—with Florida set to soon follow—as the Supreme Court considers a similar law in Mississippi and appears poised to let it stand.
Ducey said in his signing letter he believes “there is immeasurable value in every life – including preborn life,” and it is “each state’s responsibility to protect them.”
The law outlaws all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy except in the case of medical emergencies, and makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions in violation of the law.
The law won’t stop Arizona from going further in banning abortion if the Supreme Court allows it to, as a provision in the law ensures the 15-week ban won’t supersede an existing Arizona law that outlaws abortion entirely if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.