/ Modified jun 29, 2016 9:28 a.m.

Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Doesn’t Affect Arizona, Yet

5-3 decision strikes down Texas anti-abortion law; Arizonans evaluating impact.


Arizonans across the political spectrum said Monday they were studying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday striking down a Texas law tightening the requirements for doctors performing abortions and abortion clinics.

The court ruled 5-3 that the Texas law is unconstitutional. It required physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles and the clinics have health and safety equipment and facilities in many cases equal to hospitals themselves.

The admitting privilege law is similar to one in Arizona.

But the ruling does not strike down the Arizona law. Officials with Planned Parenthood of Arizona said they will take a slow approach, preferring to work through the Legislature next year.

“We have to be a little pragmatic here and realize we are not in a state with a friendly enough Legislature that would immediately call a special session,” Jodi Liggett with Planned Parenthood of Arizona said.

Liggett said the organization will bring state lawmakers a series of proposed changes. If the law is not repealed next year, she said Planned Parenthood will go to court.

A spokesman for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the Supreme Court's decision was being studied.

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