Planned Parenthood Arizona Incorporated et al v. Humble

Federal court challenge to Arizona statute and implementing regulations that impose restrictions on medication abortion and force abortion clinics to administer medication in an outdated manner. The restrictions mandate a higher dose than is typically used and has been shown to be safe and effective; prohibit clinics from providing medication abortion to patients who are beyond seven weeks of pregnancy; and require patients to make an additional trip to the clinic to obtain the final medication dose. In their complaint, Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Tucson Women’s Center ask the Arizona U.S. District Court to temporarily enjoin enforcement of the law pending outcome of the lawsuit. They further ask the court to declare the law unconstitutional and to permanently enjoin enforcement. Plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction was denied, and Plaintiffs appealed the denial to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit granted a temporary injunction while it considered the appeal. On appeal, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit unanimously found that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on their claim that the law is unconstitutional. In June 2014, the 9th Circuit reversed the district court’s decision and remanded the case back to the lower court with instructions to grant the temporary injunction. The state attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case and review the 9th Circuit’s ruling. Current Status: In December 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s petition to review the temporary injunction. (See the complaint here. See the 9th Circuit opinion here. See related state lawsuit here.)