A small and surprising victory: the 9th circuit agrees: you don’t have standing to challenge a state law just because you find its implications potentially offensive. The state law in Arizona bans abortion which discriminates against the child on the basis of race or gender.
An appeals court panel on Tuesday refused to revive a lawsuit brought by two civil rights groups challenging Arizona’s law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the child.
The panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NAACP’s Maricopa County branch and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum lack standing to sue. The ruling upholds a judge’s 2013 decision dismissing the case filed by the groups.
The Arizona law makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion.
An attorney with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office argued the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Scottsdale-based Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has also been involved with the case, filing a brief supporting the law and representing bill sponsor Rep. Steve Montenegro.