Arizona Federal Court Blocks Controversial ‘Personhood’ Anti-Abortion Law

An Arizona federal judge in the US state of Arizona has blocked a state law that grants fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses the same rights as a person.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes ruled that the law which considers unborn children to have the same “rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons” is “anyone’s guess,” when it comes to legal abortion procedures.

Rayes explained that the personhood law that was signed in 2021 was not legally enforceable.

“And that is the problem. When the punitive and regulatory weight of the entire Arizona code is involved, Plaintiffs should not have to guess at whether their conduct is on the right or the wrong side of the law,” said Rayes.

Rayes added that the groups that sued to block the law are correct and abortion providers do not have an idea of what is illegal under the law.

“The court made the right decision today by blocking this law from being used to create an unthinkably extreme abortion ban,” said Jessica Sklarsky, a lawyer at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The motion to block the personhood law in Arizona came after the Roe v. Wade ruling last month.

There are still states such as Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama that still have personhood laws in effect.


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