TUCSON, Ariz. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Dr. Eric Hazelrigg, an obstetrician and medical director of Choices Pregnancy Center in Arizona, filed two briefs Thursday at the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County in defense of the state’s law protecting unborn lives.
The first brief asks the court to grant the Arizona attorney general’s request to vacate the injunction against the state’s pre-Roe v. Wade law that offered substantial protection for the unborn, which the court had previously blocked after Roe. The second brief asks the court to appoint Dr. Hazelrigg as the individual to legally represent the best interests of unborn children in Arizona.
“Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled Roe, Arizona is eager to preserve the innocent lives of the unborn and restore dignity to women and the medical profession,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life. “We’re pleased to work alongside Attorney General Brnovich in defending the state’s duly enacted law that protects the lives of mothers and their children.”
The state of Arizona can exercise its legitimate interests in protecting the lives of unborn children and the health and safety of mothers by defending its pro-life law now that Roe has been overturned. As the brief filed in Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Brnovich explains “the overwhelmingly optional and elective nature of abortions in Arizona does not justify permitting abortion’s proven harm to unborn children and their mother’s health.”
ADF attorneys are working in six other states to defend pro-life laws: West Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, and North Dakota.
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