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The state of Arizona reintroduced the 1901 abortion law

The state of Arizona reintroduced the 1901 abortion law

Americans are protesting a US Supreme Court ruling that strips women in the US of their constitutional right to have an abortion. © ANP/EPA

A judge in the US state of Arizona ruled Friday that a 1901 ban on abortion is legally valid again. The law, which bans abortion in nearly all cases, was suspended in 1973 due to the federal ruling in Roe vs. Wade, which gave women in the United States a constitutional right to an abortion.

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling that struck down nationwide abortion rights. Since then, individual states can again determine their own abortion laws. In Arizona, since Friday’s ruling, abortions are only allowed if necessary to save the mother’s life.

Planned Parenthood, a health organization that runs several abortion clinics in the United States, said Friday in response to the ruling that it “has the tragic consequence of throwing away Arizona residents nearly 150 years ago.” US media reported that there is a possibility of an appeal against the verdict.

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