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Arizona Daily Star:Judge Dismisses Challenge to Arizona Ban on Race & Sex-based Abortions


court gavelA challenge from Asian American groups and others to an Arizona law making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion based on the race and sex of a child has been dismissed by a federal judge, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

The judge ruled the groups had no legal standing to challenge the law.

Asian Americans argued the law stigmatized Asian American women and said there was no evidence Asians were having abortions because they favor boys over girls.

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and NAACP filed the lawsuit.

“Its purpose is to reduce the rate or number of black and API (Asian and Pacific Islander) women who have abortions, but not women of any other race,” the legal papers said. The groups charged the law was “based on racist and discriminatory stereotypes” about both groups.

In dismissing the case, the judge did not rule on its constitutionality. That issue could still be decided in a future case.




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