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Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Blocked

Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Blocked

April 3, 2014 — A federal appeals court on Wednesday issued a temporary stay to halt new medication abortion restrictions in Arizona in response to a request by Planned Parenthood Arizona and other groups, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

A panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the temporary order after a federal judge in Arizona allowed the rules to take effect on Tuesday. The appeals court said it needs to deliberate on an entire briefing before deciding on the groups' emergency stay request, and it ordered both sides to submit briefs by Friday (Galvan, AP/U-T San Diego, 4/2).

The medication abortion rules -- which are among several abortion-related regulations mandated under a 2012 state law (HB 2036) -- 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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/2).