Arizona House Repeals 160-Year-Old Abortion Ban

The Arizona House voted 32-28 to repeal an 1864 abortion ban.

Three Republicans, Representatives Matt Gress, Justin Wilmeth, and Tim Dunn, joined 29 Democrats in advancing the effort.

The Arizona Senate will now vote on whether to send the repeal to Governor Katie Hobbs’ (D) desk.

If the repeal continues to advance, the state’s previous law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy will go back into effect.

This was the House’s third attempt to repeal the law.

State Rep. Ben Toma (R), the speaker of the narrowly divided House, opposed to repeal.

“The last thing we should be doing today is rushing a bill through the legislative process to repeal a law that has been enacted and reaffirmed by the Legislature several times,” Toma said after the first vote failed.