Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) office is arguing the U.S. Supreme Court infringed on the state’s right to implement “life-affirming” laws in rejecting its 20-week abortion ban.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Arizona’s appeal to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling that the law violated a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus becomes viable, which is generally around 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said the Supreme Court’s decision “is wrong, and is a clear infringement on the authority of states to implement critical life-affirming laws,” according to the New York Times.
Brewer signed the abortion ban into law in 2012. Wilder added that she championed the law in order to “make Arizona one of the most pro-life states in the nation,” according to the Times.