Thursday, April 11, 2024

RE: Arizona and Abortion

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The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a 160-year-old near-total abortion ban still on the books in the state is enforceable, a bombshell decision that adds the state to the growing list of places where abortion care is effectively banned.

NBC News has jumped into the fray to save "women's healthcare"... a.k.a. abortion.

Be informed, not misled.

NBC News says, "The ruling allows an 1864 law in Arizona to stand that made abortion a felony punishable by two to five years in prison for anyone who performs one or helps a woman obtain one."

The law— which was codified in 1901 and again in 1913 — outlaws abortion from the moment of conception but includes an exception to save the woman’s life.

NBC begins its "reporting" with an attack on the law itself: 

"That Civil War-era law — enacted a half-century before Arizona even gained statehood — was never repealed and an appellate court ruled last year that it could remain on the books as long as it was 'harmonized' with a 2022 law, leading to substantial confusion in Arizona regarding exactly when during a pregnancy abortion was outlawed."

Confusion is always a tool the Left uses to confuse the uninformed.

The decision, they say — which could shutter abortion clinics in the state — effectively undoes a lower court’s ruling that stated that a more recent 15-week ban from March 2022 superseded the 1864 law.

The Arizona Supreme Court said it would put its decision on hold for 14 days, writing that it would send the case back to a lower court so that the court could consider “additional constitutional challenges” that haven’t yet been cleared up.

Echoing Barack Obama and so-called homosexual "marriage," Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, said moments after the ruling that she would not enforce the law.

“Let me be completely clear, as long as I am Attorney General, no woman or doctor will be prosecuted under this draconian law in this state,” Mayes said in a statement, adding that the decision was “unconscionable” and “an affront to freedom.”

Is freedom defined by women being able to legally kill unwanted, unborn babies?

NBC reminds its viewers, "Democrats all the way up to President Joe Biden also blasted the ruling."

In an official statement, President Biden said this:

Millions of Arizonans will soon live under an even more extreme and dangerous abortion ban, which fails to protect women even when their health is at risk or in tragic cases of rape or incest. This cruel ban was first enacted in 1864—more than 150 years ago, before Arizona was even a state and well before women had secured the right to vote. This ruling is a result of the extreme agenda of Republican elected officials who are committed to ripping away women’s freedom.

Vice President Harris and I stand with the vast majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to choose. We will continue to fight to protect reproductive rights and call on Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade for women in every state.

Responding to questions from NBC News about the Arizona ruling, a spokesperson for Donald Trump's campaign referred only to the former president's comments on Monday that abortion restrictions should be left to states.

“President Trump could not have been more clear. These are decisions for people of each state to make," Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt said.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs called for the GOP-controlled Legislature, which is currently in session, to repeal the 1864 ban. However, there was no immediate indication that Republican lawmakers in either chamber would take up such an effort.

The upcoming November election features a tough battle in Arizona to fill the seat held by the retiring independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. The election will most likely be between Democrat Ruben Gallego and Republican Kari Lake. 

NBC notes that "During her unsuccessful 2022 run for governor in Arizona, Lake said she supported the 1864 law, calling it 'a great law that’s already on the books'." But Lake now says she opposes the 1864 law, as well as a federal abortion ban, while also acknowledging that her own views regarding state policy conflict with some voters’ preferences.

NBC continued, "In a statement following the decision, Lake said she opposed the ruling, adding that "it is abundantly clear that the pre-statehood law is out of step with Arizonans." She called on state lawmakers to "come up with an immediate common sense solution that Arizonans can support."

NBC concludes, "The abortion landscape in Arizona has been uniquely confusing since Roe v. Wade was overturned."


It is confusing politically. Not only in Arizona but in America. We have "Christians" voting for candidates who do not and will not stand for biblical principles---not even the sanctity of life.

Some Christians claim to "vote their values," but apparently, they do not hold "values" that are biblically based.

If Christians in America could come together and vote together on issues that our nation was founded on and which God has blessed—like the sanctity of life—we would see the "change" we hear about repeatedly.

A spiritual renewal must precede a political renewal. 

The political process is important. Of course. But the spiritual process is more important.

Ephesians 6: 12,13 says, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all... to stand. "

About "standing."

Vote for the politician who best represents biblical Truth. If done so in prayer, it's usually an easy decision. 

Abortion is conceived in darkness and deception. The question is not whether Arizona or any other state should uphold a 150-year-old law---although the political process is very important--it must begin with a firm commitment to "what does the Bible say about the sanctity of Life?"

Then work to bring about political change that supports biblical values.

We must "stand" without exception, on God's Truth---- "Having done all "stand." 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.