/ Modified may 13, 2024 3:49 p.m.

AZ Supreme Court puts 1864 abortion ban enforcement on hold

The court is wating another 90 days before the near-total abortion ban goes into effect.

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The Arizona Supreme Court issued an order Monday afternoon, putting off the enforcement of the state’s near-total abortion ban for an additional 90 days.

State Attorney General Kris Mayes asked the court to put the enforcement on hold while she prepared a possible appeal to the U-S Supreme Court.

" I continue to believe this case was wrongly decided, and there are issues that merit additional judicial review," Mayes said in a statement after the order was issued.

The order, signed by Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, means that the earliest the 1864 law can be enforced is August 12th.

In her statement, Mayes says she believes the order from the state's highest court and a ruling in another case means the law cannot be enforced until September 26.

The legislature passed a repeal of the law but it will not go into effect until 90 days after the end of the legislative session. State lawmakers have not indicated when they will wrap up this year's session.

Backers of a proposed state constitutional amendment to codify the right to an abortion called the order another court ruling that shows why an amendment is needed.

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