Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who filed a motion in July asking the court to let the law take effect, praised the court’s decision in a tweet on Friday.
“We applaud the court for upholding the will of the legislature and providing clarity and uniformity on this important issue,” he said.
What’s next: Abortion rights advocates are expected to appeal the decision — as well as pushing for a Democrat to be elected to replace Brnovich, who has a limited term.
“Today is a tough day for Arizonans — now subject to a total abortion ban that will have a devastating effect across our borders and beyond,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Southwest Regional Director. “We are working with our 75,000 members in the Copper State to send a clear message: When you stand for our rights, we stand for your place.”