On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request to allow Arizona’s pro-life law, S.B. 1457, to go into effect, while litigation moves forward.
For over a decade, Arizona has prohibited abortion providers from performing an abortion knowing that the procedure is sought based on the sex or race of the child. Last year, Arizona expanded this restriction on discriminatory abortions to include genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, when the legislature passed S.B. 1457.
Pro-choice groups sued to stop the law from going into effect. The right to perform an abortion based solely on the results of genetic testing has never before been recognized by SCOTUS and has no basis in the Constitution. The lawsuit remains ongoing at the U.S. District Court of Arizona, and in light of the Supreme Court’s historic Dobbs decision, we are confident that defense will prevail.