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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Arizona’s Appeal After Ninth Circuit Stops 20-Week Abortion Ban

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Alison Howard
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Arizona’s Appeal After Ninth Circuit Stops 20-Week Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear Arizona’s appeal of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to grant an injunction to stop the law saying Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban was unconstitutional. In November, Concerned Women for America, Susan B. Anthony List and over 30 pro-life women legislators signed onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear this Arizona case. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court‘s decision puts women at risk and prohibits protection for pre-born babies that can experience pain. At 20-weeks (5 months), these babies are not just “blobs of tissue.” They are either boys or girls. Developmentally these babies have taste buds, toenails, fingernails, and fingerprints. They are able to suck their thumbs, blink, and hear their parents’ voices. And, they move away from sharp objects in the womb.

“It is time that the law reflects our society’s desire to protect the innocent. We are disappointed that the Supreme Court refused to take the opportunity to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves and protect the health of women. While all abortions pose physical and psychological risks for the woman, medical risks from abortion increase markedly as pregnancy progresses, including the risk of death.

“This is only one step in a long struggle on behalf of women and the unborn. The Supreme Court is likely to have another chance to address this law on appeal and we hope they ultimately uphold the state’s right to protect women and the unborn from the many harms of abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Concerned Women for America will continue to lead the charge for safety and dignity of women and the unborn.”

If you would like an interview with Penny Nance or a Concerned Women for America spokesperson, please contact Alison Howard at or 202-266-4816.

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with 500,000 participating members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders and over 30 years of service to our nation.

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