Complaint for Isaacson v. Tom Horne Attorney General of Arizona

07.12.12


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The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have launched a landmark legal challenge to Arizona’s flatly unconstitutional ban on abortion—which bans the procedure at 20 weeks from a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), earlier than similar laws recently enacted in the country and at a critical time when most women undergo prenatal testing to evaluate their own health and the status of the pregnancy.
 
The measure, which was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 12 and is scheduled to go into effect August 2, makes zero exceptions for a pregnant woman’s life or health unless she is experiencing a dire and possibly life-threatening emergency.
 
The lawsuit, Paul A. Isaacson, M.D v. Tom Horne, Attorney General of Arizona, was filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona on behalf of physicians who perform abortions and serve women with high-risk pregnancies—argues that the Arizona law violates the U.S. Constitution by banning pre-viability abortions.