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Brnovich wants Ducey to call the Legislature back for a special session on abortion

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to help clarify the legal status of abortion in the state.

A near-total ban that dates back to the Civil War-era was reinstated last week. That conflicts with a law passed this year that allows abortions up to 15 weeks.

Brnovich noted that the new law specifically says it does not repeal the 1860s ban. His office sent a letter on Wednesday to Ducey’s office, asking the governor to take a clear legal position and reconvene the Legislature to help alleviate the confusion.

Several community organizations and stakeholders are also asking Ducey to open a special session in hopes of repealing the territorial ban.

Community groups and stakeholders include:

  • Abortion Fund of Arizona
  • ACLU of Arizona
  • American Association of University Women Arizona
  • Arizona Birthworkers of Color
  • Arizona Center for Women’s Advancement
  • Arizona Family Health Partnership
  • Arizona List
  • Arizona NOW
  • Arizona Protect Our Care
  • Arizona Working Families Party
  • Asian Pacific Community in Action
  • Black Political Cultivation AZ
  • Camelback Family Planning
  • Central Phoenix Inez Casiano NOW
  • Desert Star Family Planning
  • Equality Arizona
  • Gabrielle Goodrick, MD
  • League of Women Voters Arizona
  • LULAC of Arizona
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona
  • National Council of Jewish Women Arizona
  • National Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Patient Forward
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona
  • Pro-Choice Arizona
  • Progress Arizona
  • Secular AZ
  • State Conference NAACP
  • YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
  • YWCA Southern Arizona
Senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.