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Arizona lawmakers want clarity on 'medical emergency' abortions from Mayes

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Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News
Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch, who spoke about her abortion on the Senate floor this year, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Arizona law allows for abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy in cases of medical emergency. But what is meant by emergency is not clearly defined.

Four Democratic lawmakers are asking Attorney General Kris Mayes for a legal opinion to help articulate what can be considered a medical emergency.

Without it, they say there could be problems for patients and doctors.

In a letter to Mayes, they also rebuked the 20-22 law, saying 15 weeks is an arbitrary limit and threatens the lives of pregnant women.

One signer was Sen. Eva Burch, who earlier this year announced a planned abortion on the Senate floor for what she said was an unviable pregnancy.

A spokesperson for Mayes says she is working to get an opinion by the second week in July.

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