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Ariz. To Ask Supreme Court To End Hold on Medication Abortion Law

Ariz. To Ask Supreme Court To End Hold on Medication Abortion Law

August 6, 2014 — Arizona plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that blocked the state's medication abortion restrictions while a Planned Parenthood lawsuit continues in federal court, the AP/ABC News reports.

According to the AP/ABC News, the federal case will be put on hold while state attorneys petition the Supreme Court to overturn the injunction (Galvan, AP/ABC News, 8/5).

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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/4).

Planned Parenthood Reaction

PPAZ President and CEO Bryan Howard said the state's appeal is a political move that, if successful, would infringe on a woman's ability to access abortion care.

According to PPAZ, 800 Arizona women eligible for medication abortion would have had only the choice of a surgical abortion if the rules been in effect in 2012 (AP/ABC News, 8/5).