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epa11276900 A patient has a fan blow cool air as she deals with heavy cramping after an abortion procedure at the Acacia Women's Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 12 April 2024 (issued 13 April 2024). Dr. Ronald Yunis was scheduled to perform 17 surgical abortions and four pill abortions on 12 April. Dr. Yunis delivered this patient's son a few years ago. However, she says, this is not the right time for her to have another child, and had she found out she was pregnant weeks from now she would not know what she would do. On 09 April 2024, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that an 1864 abortion law, which pre-dates Arizona's statehood and provides no exceptions for rape or incest and allows abortions after six weeks only if the mother's life is in jeopardy, was enforceable. The opinion by Arizona's highest court suggested doctors can be prosecuted under the 1864 law, with the risk of 2-5 years jail time. Fourteen other US states have banned nearly all abortions since the US Supreme Court in 2022 overturned the constitutional right to abortion. Dr. Yunis doesn't know when the law will take effect and how long it will stay in place before it could be repealed. He says it is hard because he doesn't know what to tell women when they are trying to schedule their appointments. Right now, they have to come in and have the procedure as soon as possible, since any day now they may no longer be able to, he says. (KEYSTONE/EPA/ALLISON DINNER) ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET
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