Ducey won’t say where Arizona should draw the line on abortion

Gov. Doug Ducey in 2015, shortly after being elected, speaking to members of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy at the Capitol. With him is CAP President Cathi Herrod.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

 The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion was a “mistake’’ that the justices need to correct, Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday.

But he won’t say where he believes Arizona should draw the line if the high court returns the right to regulate the procedure to the states.

Ducey’s comments came as the Supreme Court was hearing arguments about the legality of a Mississippi law which makes it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 15 weeks. That means it is possible that the justices could declare that law enforceable without overturning Roe v. Wade about the rights of pregnant women.

That, in turn, would appear to open the door to Arizona lawmakers, who approved a 20-week ban a decade ago only to have it struck down by a federal court, would be able to approve a similar statute.

But there’s a larger issue looming.

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