Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday joined 11 other Republican governors and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to ask the court to overturn Roe v. Wade — which created a federal ban on preventing abortions.
“Every single life has immeasurable value. That includes children who are preborn — and I believe it’s each state’s responsibility to protect them. It is time for the U.S. Supreme Court to fix their mistake and return this authority to the individual states as the democratic process intends,” Governor Ducey said in a statement.
In the brief, the group argued that the court should reverse the earlier decision and leave the abortion regulations in the hands of each state.
“Rather than creating a federal constitutional right, the court should leave regulating abortion to the states, where the people may act through the democratic process. This court should hold as much—and in the process, help restore the constitutional (but currently disrupted) balance between the Federal Government and the states,” the group wrote.
The brief by the group comes in response to the state of Mississippi petitioning the court to overturn Roe v. Wade when it hears arguments in the case determining the fate of Mississippi law that prevented abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Previously, the law was struck down by a lower court on the basis that the proposed law violated the Constitution due to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“The Constitution preserves the rights of the states by specifically enumerating the authority granted to the federal government. Unfortunately, almost 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to ignore the Constitution and created policy which has led to the over-politicization of this issue for decades,” Ducey continued.
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