Bioethics Defense Fund attorneys Nikolas T. Nikas and Dorinda C. Bordlee continue to provide legal consultation to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who is committed to vigorously defending Arizona’s 20-week abortion restriction that recognizes the interests of the pain-capable unborn child, as well as the documented danger of late-term abortion to women’s health.
The law contains a medical emergency exception, thus limiting only elective abortions of healthy babies of healthy mothers to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Today, a three judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument reviewing the favorable district court decision upholding the law. The panel includes Judges Mary Schroeder (Carter appointee), Andrew Kleinfeld (George H.W. Bush appointee), and Marsha Berzon (Clinton appointee).
Read the FOX News report: November 5, 2012. Appeals Court hears oral arguments on AZ 20 week law.
- Review the briefs filed by the parties and the supporting amici here:OFFICIAL 9th Circuit webpage on Isaacson v. Horne, 12-1667
- Read the district court ruling upholding the Arizona law.
- Read the bill: Arizona H.B. 2036.
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