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Arizona can enforce a 121-year-old abortion ban, a judge ruled

An Arizona judge ruled on Friday that the state can now enforce a near-total abortion ban that has been blocked since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. The law, which dates back to 1901, has no exceptions for rape or incest with the only exception being to save the mother’s life. The ban also carries a penalty of two to five years in prison for abortion providers.

The ruling is likely to be appealed. After the news broke, Planned Parenthood Arizona said on Twitter that its “lawyers are evaluating next steps” and “will “update our patients and community as soon as we have more information.”

“This is a devastating decision and marks a dark day in Arizona history,” the ACLU of Arizona tweeted. “No one should be forced to carry pregnancies to term against their will. By allowing this law to go into effect, Arizona has put the lives of pregnant people and their doctors at risk.”

There will be “catastrophic consequences” if Russia uses nuclear weapons, the US says

This story contains graphic descriptions of police violence.

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man whose deadly encounter with police in Colorado became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, died from being administered the powerful sedative ketamine after being placed in a chokehold by officers, an amended autopsy report states.

The updated autopsy report was released because of a court order filed by Colorado Public Radio and other media organizations asking that the coroner release the new findings. The original autopsy report released in 2019 did not come to a conclusion about how McClain died, citing “undetermined causes.” And in the latest update released on Friday, the manner of death is still classified as undetermined.

“Simply put, this dosage of ketamine was too much for this individual, and it resulted in an overdose,” forensic pathology consultant Stephen Cina wrote in the report. “I believe that Mr. McClain would most likely be alive but for the administration of ketamine.”

Last year, a state grand jury indicted three police officers — Randy Roedema, Nathan Woodyard, and Jason Rosenblatt — and two paramedics, Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec, involved in McClain’s death. The five face 32 charges, including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, and their arraignment is set for November.

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