The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to repeal a near-total ban on abortion from 1864.

The state’s Supreme Court upheld the Civil War-era law earlier this month.

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The law would make it a felony for anyone who “provides, supplies or administers to a pregnant woman, or procures such woman to take any medicine, drugs or substance, or uses or employs any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of such woman, unless it is necessary to save her life.”

According to NBC News, three Republicans joined Democrats to approve repealing the law.

Republicans have a 31-29 advantage in the Arizona House, Wikipedia states.

The measure must still be approved by the state Senate and signed by Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs.

Per NBC News:

Members of the state Senate, where Republicans also hold a narrow majority, voted last week in favor of a motion to introduce a bill that would repeal the abortion ban. Two Republicans joined every Democrat in the chamber on that vote.

The state Senate could vote on the repeal as early as next Wednesday, after the bill comes on the floor for a “third reading,” as is required under chamber rules.

The state Senate is likely to pass a repeal of the law, a source in Arizona familiar with the situation told NBC News. Once that happens, Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is certain to sign the repeal quickly.

“The final vote was 32-28,” ABC News noted.

“I’ve known for a while that the votes were there, it just takes a lot of fortitude, a lot of spine,” Democrat state Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton told the outlet.

ABC News reports:

Hamilton said she had several phone conversations with Republicans the night before the vote and while she would not divulge the details of those conversations, she said it made her cautiously optimistic.

“The eyes of the world were watching Arizona, and that’s not hyperbole, and so these are decisions that we need to make for people and if you were able to talk to folks in these districts, you would find that this is an issue where they are showing up and representing the people in their district, which is what they were elected to do,” Hamilton said.

The bill now heads to the state Senate where it could be taken up next week.

State Rep. Matt Gress, one of the three Republicans who sided with Democrats and who was removed from his appropriations committee assignment by Speaker Ben Toma, urged his Senate colleagues to “quickly” take up the matter.

“I refuse to buy into the false notion pushed by the extremes on both sides of this issue that we cannot respect and protect women and defend new life at the same time,” he said in a statement.

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