Journalist Roundtable: Roe v. Wade Opinion

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Jeremy Duda of Axios Phoenix, Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services, and Rachel Leingang of Arizona Agenda join Ted to discuss the week’s top stories for the journalists’ roundtable.

Todays topics of the week are:

  • Roe v. Wade Opinion Leaked
  • Political Fallout from Opinion
  • Other Reaction to Leaked Opinion
  • BOS Responds to AG’s Findings
  • Jan. 6th Commission vs. Andy Biggs

To start, abortion is still legal in Arizona?

Fischer: “It is as of 5:04 p.m. on Friday. It will be legal until we get Roe versus Wade… now what happens after that of course is up for debate. There are people… who say that once Roe v. Wade is overturned we default back to the previous 1973 law which says no abortions except to save the life of a mother. The governor is taking the position that a new fifteen week ban that he signed earlier this year supersedes that, and he says that would take effect. Clearly something is going to happen. Some women will lose the right to abortion, how many we do not know.”

Does new law supersede old law?

Leingang: “I mean the new law explicitly says that it did not repeal any old law. I mean I think it is one of those things where, like abortion always ends up in the courts, this maybe ends up in the courts again. Or lawmakers come in and try to figure out with a new Supreme Court rulings, what do you want to do going forward? Some states have very clear trigger laws but here it is definitely a little bit more muddier.”

Fischer: “There is some other complications. Last year, as part of a bill to ban abortions in cases of genetic defect, there was a little provision buried in there that actually did take effect and was not challenged, which says no abortion pills delivered by mail.”

Jeremy Duda, Axios Phoenix; Howie Fischer, Capitol Media Services; Rachel Leingang, Arizona Agenda.

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