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Arizona Anti-Abortion Activists Inspired By New Texas Law

Now that the Texas ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat detection has been enacted, some anti-abortion activists are seeing it as an inspirational policy.

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, says: "The Texas heartbeat law is a road map to what other states can do. And we will be taking a look at it."

Herrod acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court has not made a final ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona spokesperson Murphy Bannerman says they will try to keep a similar policy from happening in Arizona.

"Locally in Arizona, we are asking for people to email their legislators and tell them that you don't support abortion bans, that you don't something similar," Bannerman said. 

The Texas law is different from other states’ similar measures, including one from Arizona that had been struck down,  because it allows individual citizens  to file civil suits against abortion providers and anyone who "aids or abets'' aborting a fetus after a heartbeat has been detected.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.