Headline RoundupApril 11th, 2024

Some Republicans Split Over Revived 1864 Arizona Abortion Law

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Arizona's Supreme Court revived an 1864 law this week banning most abortions with few exceptions. Some Republicans support it, but others don't.

In Support: "In my opinion, removing healthy babies from healthy mothers is not health care nor reproductive care," said state Republican Rep. Teresa Martinez. "Pregnancy is not an illness. It should be celebrated. It is an abortion that terminates life."

Opposed: State Rep. Matt Gress (R) made a failed motion Wednesday to repeal the law, saying it's "not reflective of the values of the vast majority of our electorate, regardless of political affiliation." Former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he believes the law will "be straightened out," and that "the governor and everybody else are going to bring it back within reason."

What It Means: Abortion is quickly becoming a top issue again as the 2024 presidential election approaches. In swing states like Arizona, it could prove decisive.

How the Media Covered It: Left-rated outlets covered the story more prominently than right-rated sources did, and often framed the law as a loss for Republicans and Trump. Some across the spectrum suggested Trump's support for states' rights in deciding abortion laws may have backfired. 

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