Target: U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Goal: Applaud the court for blocking the 20-week abortion ban in Arizona
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked a 20-week abortion ban in Arizona. The country’s most extreme abortion ban, this measure strips women of their reproductive rights and can even be harmful to women’s health. The law also violates a Supreme Court ruling which prevents states from banning abortions prior to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Thank the Court of Appeals for supporting reproductive rights and blocking anti-choice legislation in Arizona.
The 20 week abortion ban, or HB 2036, was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in April 2012. Judge James Teilborg then upheld the law, which was supposed to go into effect on August 2nd. Teilborg supported his decision by using “evidence” that fetuses can feel pain during abortions by 20 weeks of pregnancy. Teilborg also defended the law by stating that the measure regulates but does not prohibit abortion.
However, reproductive rights groups saw the law differently. The Center for Reproductive Rights argued that the ban restricts women’s health choices at a critical point in pregnancy. Since women take important medical tests after 20 weeks of pregnancy, HB 2036 bans abortion before women can fully determine their health risks and complications. Although the law exempts women with life- threatening complications, this exemption does not apply to fetuses. Therefore, a woman may be forced to carry her fetus full-term, even if she knows the fetus will most likely die because of medical conditions. HB 2036 also does not exempt women with non-fatal health threats.
Recently, there have been many attacks on abortion rights. However, the government should not restrict women’s reproductive rights. Women should have control over their own bodies. Applaud the Ninth Circuit’s support of reproductive rights by signing the petition below.
Dear Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,
Thank you for temporarily blocking HB 2036 in Arizona. Not only does this ban violate a previous Supreme Court ruling, but it also puts women’s health at risk. Although the law exempts women with life-threatening medical conditions, it does not exempt women with non-fatal health threats. Since women undergo important health tests after 20 weeks of pregnancy, HB 2036 bans abortion before women can fully determine their health risks and complications.
The 20-week abortion ban would also strip women of their reproductive rights. Recently, there have been many attacks on abortion. The government should not restrict women’s reproductive rights–women should have control over their own bodies.
Thank you for supporting reproductive rights. Please continue to fight for women’s rights.
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