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Ariz. Petitions Supreme Court To Undo Stay on Medication Abortion Restrictions

Ariz. Petitions Supreme Court To Undo Stay on Medication Abortion Restrictions

September 3, 2014 — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that blocked the state's medication abortion restrictions while a lawsuit continues, the AP/AZCentral reports (AP/AZCentral, 9/3).

Background

The rules -- which are among several abortion-related regulations mandated under a 2012 state law (HB 2036) -- would bar physicians from administering abortion-inducing drugs beyond seven weeks of pregnancy. Physicians also would be required to administer both drugs in the medication abortion regimen on site and at the FDA-approved dosage, which is higher than the dosage typically used in practice.

Planned Parenthood Arizona and other groups filed suit over the rules, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June issued a temporary injunction until a hearing could be held. The injunction reversed a federal judge's decision to allow the rules to take effect on April 1.

PPAZ's case in federal court is on hold while the state petitions the Supreme Court to overturn the injunction (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/6).

Petition Details

In the petition, Horne argued that the 9th Circuit did not correctly interpret the law when it found that the restrictions would place an "undue burden" on women's access to abortion.

He also said that the rules would not stop women from obtaining medication abortions and noted that surgical abortions are more common in the state (AP/AZCentral, 9/3).