Planned Parenthood of Arizona Monday asked an Arizona state judge to stay a September 23 ruling which would allow a 1901 abortion ban to go into effect. The ban went into effect shortly after the Superior Court of Pima County ruling and bans all abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save a pregnant person’s life. Planned Parenthood filed an emergency motion to stay the ruling, pending the organization’s appeal of the same ruling.
Arizona also passed a 15-week abortion ban back in February. Planned Parenthood claims the court’s September 23 ruling caused confusion by allowing conflicting laws to take effect. In their motion to stay, Planned Parenthood argues that the two laws–the 1901 ban and the 15-week ban–present a confusing legal challenge for abortion providers to navigate. President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona Brittany Fonteno said of the motion to stay, “The court’s decision has allowed conflicting laws to take effect and has caused immediate confusion, even among our state’s highest elected officials, as to the status of abortion access in Arizona.”
Planned Parenthood centers in Arizona paused abortion services and scheduled appointments for this week in light of the September 23 ruling.