ACLU, NAACP Seeking to Overturn Arizona’s ‘Racist’ Ban on Race- and Sex-Based Abortions

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week to reconsider its lawsuit against a 2011 Arizona law – the first of its kind in the U.S. – that bans race- and gender-based abortions, characterizing it as “racist and offensive.”

The ACLU claims that the The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 “relies on harmful racial stereotypes to stigmatize, shame, and discriminate against Black women and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women who seek abortions.”

However, Steven Aden, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in Arizona, which has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Dr. Alveda King, the National Black Pro-Life Union and others urging the appellate court to uphold the law, told that the lower court made the right decision in tossing out the lawsuit.

“An overwhelming amount of documented evidence shows that the problem of sex- and race- based abortion is increasing not only around the world, but also in the U.S.,” Aden said. “This is a just law designed to prevent that horrific practice from taking place in Arizona and the court was right to throw out the challenge to it.”