Source: NwoReport

Republicans who control the Arizona Senate voted Tuesday to outlaw abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, pushing to establish a new ban ahead of a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court judgment that could bring seismic changes to abortion availability in the United States.

The vote came after objections from minority Democrats who announced the step was unconstitutional under the landmark Roe v. Wade and other Supreme Court decisions the high court could overturn. They further stated that any ban would disproportionally impact poor and minority women who will not travel to Democrat-controlled states without strict abortion laws.

Though Sen. Nancy Barto, the Republican sponsor of the bill, announced she wishes the high court upholds a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, it is now weighing.

“The state has an obligation to protect life, and that is what this bill is about,” Barto stated throughout debate. “A 15-week-old baby in the womb has a fully formed nose, lips, eyelids, and they suck their thumbs. They feel pain. That’s what this bill is about.”

Arizona already has some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, including one that would automatically outlaw it if the high court completely overturns Roe, the nearly five-decade-old ruling that enshrined a nationwide right to abortion.

Republicans wish to put the 15-week ban in place, so it takes effect quickly if the Supreme Court further limits abortion rights though stops short of entirely overturning Roe. The measure closely mirrors the Mississippi law.

Under current abortion rulings, abortion is legal until a fetus can survive outside the womb, which is usually around 24 weeks.

Democrat Sen. Martin Quezada pushed Barto on the state of the law today, with Roe and a series of follow-up decisions enshrining a woman’s right to abortion.

“I understand the hopes of what the Supreme Court will do from your side of the aisle,” Quezada stated. “But as it stands today, right now, is this law constitutional or not?”

“I believe it is. I believe it is,” Barto announced. “I believe our constitution stands clearly for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the first part of that is life.”

Quezada, who represents parts of Glendale, declared that is just wrong.

“If we are waiting to see what the Supreme Court does, let’s wait to see what the Supreme Court actually does before we start trying to change these laws,” he announced.

“Otherwise, you’re spinning our wheels right now.”

He stressed that a 15-week ban would impact low-income Arizonans who already struggle to access healthcare.

“Instead of making this type of health care more accessible to these people, we’re making it more difficult for them to get access to,” he announced. “So the reality is that we’re making life harder for the people that need the most help in our society.”