Gov. Hobbs' executive order gives Arizona AG authority over abortion-related prosecutions

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  • Source: Fox 10 Phoenix
  • 06/26/2023
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to protect anyone involved with a legally obtained abortion from prosecution.
"I will not allow extreme and out of touch politicians to get in the way of the fundamental right Arizonans have to make decisions about their own bodies and futures," the Democratic governor said in a statement. "I will continue to fight to expand access to safe and legal abortion in any way that I can."

Hobbs’ action comes at the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that previously allowed for legalized abortion across the U.S.

Here's what you should know about the new executive order.

What does the executive order do?

The order does the following:

  • The state's Attorney General will, to the extent permissible under Arizona law, assume all duties "with regard to any criminal prosecution of a medical provider or other entity or individual that is pending or brought in the future by the county attorney of any county in this State for violation of any State law restricting or prohibiting abortion care including, without limitation, ARS 13-3603 and provisions in Title 36, Chapter 23."
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