Abortion Care Cessation Date in AZ: June 8

From the Arizona Republic’s Stephanie Innes: When does Arizona’s abortion ban take effect? Here’s what to know

“The earliest that Arizona’s 1864 near-total abortion ban could take effect is June 8, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes wrote Friday in a letter to medical providers.

Healthcare providers may continue providing abortions under the current law at least until June 8, Mayes wrote. Current law allows abortions up until 15 weeks gestation and makes an exception for medical emergencies.

The 1864 law, which the Arizona Supreme Court upheld on April 9, is a near-total ban that prohibits abortions in all circumstances, including rape and incest, with the only exception being to save the life of the mother.

“Absent any additional litigation or action by the legislature, the status quo remains in place concerning abortion law in our state until June 8,” Mayes said in a written statement. “My office continues to explore all legal options available to prevent the 1864 near-total abortion ban from taking effect.”

AZAG Mayes’ April 18 Letter to Providers Regarding the Legality of Abortion Care

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