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Arizona Supreme Court will review petition to enforce near-total abortion ban

Arizona’s Supreme Court says it will review a case centered around the state’s abortion laws. 

Abortion is currently legal until 15 weeks gestation in Arizona. But a near-total ban on abortions dating back to the Civil War era has never been repealed in the state. 

Arizona’s previous attorney general, Republican Mark Brnovich, had pushed for courts to uphold the older law. But the current attorney general, Democrat Kris Mayes, is no longer pursuing the case.

Instead, Yavapai County Attorney Dennis McGrane and Dr. Eric Hazelrigg, medical director of a group of Phoenix-area anti-abortion pregnancy centers, are now asking the state Supreme Court to review the case.

The conservative-majority Supreme Court this week granted those petitions.

The case is set for oral arguments. Parties have until Sept. 20 to file briefs.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.