WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The White House on Saturday lamented a court ruling on Friday allowing the state of Arizona to impose a ban on nearly all abortions.
According to the White House spokeswoman, this decision will have “catastrophic, dangerous and unacceptable” consequences for women.
An Arizona judge ruled on Friday that a ban on nearly all abortions in the state dating back to 1901 can be enforced after being stalled for about 50 years.
“The judgment rendered yesterday in Arizona is dangerous and will send the women of Arizona back more than a century, to a time when Arizona was not even a state,” Karine Jean-Pierre said in a press release. .
According to her, this decision will force victims of rape and incest to carry the children of their attackers, while exposing health personnel to a prison term of up to five years for having fulfilled their duty of care.
The White House spokeswoman added that US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris would continue to press Congress to legislate Roe v. Wade of 1973 which had paved the way for the legalization of abortion, before being canceled last June by the Supreme Court.
(Report Andrea Shalal, French version Matthieu Protard)