State Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Law Protecting Children reports a legal group has joined Arizona’s attorney general in defending a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks:

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney General Bill Montgomery are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that shot down a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Arizona’s HB 2036, reversing a previous district court ruling which had upheld the law. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains the argument for keeping the law in place.

“Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the dangers and tremendous psychological consequences of late-term abortions. Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional, and we hope the Supreme Court takes this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on state safeguards for women’s health.”

Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, filed a friend-of-the-court brief support of the law in May. The petition noted medical research proving that, by 20 weeks, an unborn child has developed pain sensors all over its body. As a result, many states have adopted laws that limit access to abortion after 20 weeks.

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