On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, directly impacting the decision of individuals to have rights over their bodily autonomy. This decision affects the ability of individuals to make decisions about personal healthcare, including the choice to have an abortion, abortion, fertility care and treatment, contraceptive access, and more. As these health issues are now decided upon at the state level, there will be changes to state legislature across the country.
In Arizona, however, even experts are unsure of the status of abortion law. It is unclear whether now abortion remains legal in the state or a 1901 law prohibiting abortion in Arizona (except in the event that a mother’s life is at risk) is now in effect. To complicate the status further, earlier this year, state legislation banning abortion beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy was enacted and is said to come into effect this September.
This lack of consensus among state officials on the legality of abortion has created uncertainty for providers and the consequences they may face for providing abortion procedures. Therefore, almost immediately following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, most clinics across the state ceased to offer abortion services. Abortion services are still available in neighboring states of Colorado, California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Medical abortions are available at pharmacies in northern Mexico.
For more information on the effects of the repeal of Roe v. Wade:
For assistance with abortion costs, travel, and more visit:
- The Abortion Fund of Arizona or call (602) 327-5166.
- Tucson Abortion Support Collective or call (520) 235-6934
National Abortion Federation Hotline 1-800-722-9100