Meyer statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review Arizona’s attempt to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Gov. Brewer signed the ban into law in April 2012, but a lower court ruled that the law violated women’s constitutional rights. The Supreme Court today declined to reconsider this ruling. Meyer, who is also a doctor, said the court made the right choice because the ban would have jeopardized women’s health.
“This law promoted ideological extremism over women’s health,” Meyer said. “If the ban would have been allowed to stay in place, physicians in our state would not have been able to practice the standard of care as prescribed by experts. That would undermine women’s safety and would put their health at risk. In some cases, women would have to leave our state to receive appropriate care. Such delays in treatment could have catastrophic results. The news from the Supreme Court today is good for women’s health. We should trust women to make their own medical choices. Laws like the 20-week abortion ban would force women and families into terrible situations and would put the government in between women and their doctors.”