Kari Lake Blasts Abortion Ban She Once Was ‘Thrilled’ About

May 26, 2024

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to reinstate a 160-year-old abortion ban—and Republicans who previously backed it, including Senate candidate Kari Lake, immediately began flip-flopping. They ruled the law can be enforced in 14 days, and until then the parties can raise additional constitutional questions with a lower court. The decision follows a ruling from the Florida Supreme Court last week allowing a six-week abortion ban to take effect there, bringing the number of states with near-total abortion bans to 16. An umbrella group called Arizona for Abortion Access announced last week it has gathered enough signatures to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution. Democrats and abortion rights supporters also denounced the decision, with Attorney General Kris Mayes calling the ban “unconscionable” and reiterating her vow not to prosecute anyone for violating it.