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Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Mayes

Description:  Planned Parenthood is challenging Arizona’s pre-Roe v. Wade law protecting unborn lives.

Monday, May 13, 2024

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jake Warner regarding the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision Monday to reject an attempt by Planned Parenthood to halt judgment affirming the state’s pro-life law, but to allow a delay for Attorney General Kris Mayes to consider an appeal. In a response filed Tuesday, ADF attorneys asked the court to finalize its judgment affirming the state’s pro-life law, but the court temporarily paused that process, allowing the attorney general up to 90 days to consider an appeal:

“Life is a human right, and Arizona’s pro-life law respects that fundamental right. Life begins at conception. At just six weeks, unborn babies’ hearts begin to beat. At eight weeks, they have fingers and toes. And at 10 weeks, their unique fingerprints begin to form. Arizona’s pro-life law has protected unborn children for over 100 years, and while we are deeply saddened by the legislature’s recent vote to repeal the law, it won’t take effect immediately, as the legislature intentionally decided. And though the court paused its judgment, we will continue working to protect unborn children and promote real support and health care for Arizona families.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Jake Warner

Jake Warner serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives. Since joining ADF in 2017, Warner has focused on protecting the conscience rights of individuals being unjustly forced to compromise their beliefs under threat of heavy fines and punishment. His practice also includes defending the freedom of Christians to exercise their faith in the marketplace without government interference. Prior to joining ADF, Warner served as a judicial law clerk to Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Before his clerkship, Warner also engaged in private practice with the firm of Perry, Perry & Perry, in Kinston, North Carolina, where he primarily represented criminal defendants in both federal and state courts. Warner earned his J.D. at the Regent University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2011. He obtained his B.A. in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Warner is admitted to practice in Arizona, North Carolina, and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as several federal district and appellate courts.