Brewer Rips Supreme Court's Rejection of Arizona Abortion Limit

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Monday, 13 Jan 2014 03:22 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has slammed the Supreme Court's rejection Monday of the state's bid to prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying she would "keep her options on the table."

The high court did not provide any explanation for its decision to uphold a lower court's ruling that the Arizona law violates a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb, The New York Times reports.

Viability of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks, with normal pregnancies running about 40 weeks.

Brewer's spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said the Supreme Court's decision not to hear Arizona's appeal "is wrong and is a clear infringement on the authority of states to implement critical life-affirming laws," Reuters reports.

Wilder maintained that Brewer wanted to make Arizona "one of the most pro-life states" and that she "will continue to fight to protect Arizona women, families and our most vulnerable population: unborn children."

Brewer signed the 20-week prohibition into law in April 2012, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck it down last year.

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