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States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Ariz. Health Department Dismisses Citation Against Planned Parenthood Center
Arizona officials have dismissed a citation issued to a Phoenix-area Planned Parenthood clinic after the center implemented small changes to address issues found in a surprise inspection earlier this year, the AP/KJZZ reports.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said that Arizona's medication abortion restrictions appear unconstitutional and should be blocked while a lawsuit over them continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Federal Appeals Court Questions Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
A federal appeals court on Tuesday considered whether to continue blocking an Arizona medication abortion measure from taking effect, the Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Allowing Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HB 2284) that allows the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Sends Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections Bill to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, Reuters reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Law Blocked Until Hearing
A federal appeals court on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against medication abortion restrictions in Arizona until the judges rule on a lawsuit over the issue, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Blocked
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.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Ruling Appealed as Law Takes Effect
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona while a lawsuit over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

Judge Allows Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions To Take Effect
A federal judge on Monday refused to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona, ruling instead that the regulations may take effect April 1 while a case over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

Court Weighs Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments over Arizona's restrictions on medication abortion, which would be among the harshest in the nation if allowed to take effect, the New York Times reports.

Appeal Filed Over Ariz. Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
Two civil rights organizations on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) banning abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Medication Abortion Restrictions Draw Lawsuit in Ariz.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Arizona rules that would restrict the use of medication abortion, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

Ariz. House Advances Bill Authorizing Unannounced Abortion Clinic Inspections
The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

Ariz. Group Behind Controversial Anti-LGBT Bill Pushes Clinic Regulations
The conservative group behind a controversial Arizona bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people for religious reasons is also championing an antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2284), the New York Times reports.

Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Revive Ariz. Law Targeting Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court on Monday declined without comment Arizona's appeal of an overturned state law (HB 2800) that barred organizations that provide abortions from offering other services through the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"Could This Be the Year the Pro-Choice Movement Goes on the Offensive?" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/24), "Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban" ((Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/24) and "Repro Wrap: Here Come the Personhood Bids Again and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/21).

Planned Parenthood Resumes Medication Abortions at Ariz. Clinic After Complying With State Law
More than two years after it stopped providing medication abortions, an Arizona Planned Parenthood clinic is offering the services after coming into compliance with a state law, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Allow Unscheduled Abortion Clinic Inspections
An Arizona bill (HB 2284) that would allow unannounced inspections at abortion clinics advanced out of committee on Thursday in a party-line vote, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ariz. Moves To Implement Clinic Rules, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona officials on Monday published new abortion clinic regulations that are scheduled to take effect April 1, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Unlikely To Quell Debate
Abortion-rights advocates say the Supreme Court's refusal to consider an Arizona law (HB 2036) banning most abortions after 20 weeks suggests the justices are not interested in revisiting Roe v. Wade, while abortion-rights opponents think the decision will build momentum for their cause, NPR's "It's All Politics" reports.

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Made 'Good Call' on Abortion Ban
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement in a challenge to a 20-week abortion ban in Arizona.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Looking at an Ultrasound Doesn't Change Women's Decision To Have an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/10) and "Court Bypasses Abortion Test Case (UPDATED)" (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 1/13).

Supreme Court Declines 20-Week Abortion Ban Case; Lower Court's Ruling Stands
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that an Arizona law prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, the New York Times reports.

Both Sides See 2014 as Critical Year for Future of Abortion Access
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate are bracing for a year of legal and political fights that could determine the future of abortion access across the country, the New York Times reports.

Ariz. Draft Abortion Regulations Impose New Requirements on Abortion Providers
Arizona health officials have drafted new rules regulating abortion clinics, as required under a 2012 state law (HB 2036), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Supreme Court Review Sought for Ariz. Law Restricting Medicaid Payments to Women's Health Providers
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court's ruling blocking a law (HB 2800) that would bar organizations that provide abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Republic reports.

Legal Fights Over State Laws Offer Ample Chances for Supreme Court Intervention
It is "only a matter of time" before the Supreme Court decides to hear one of several ongoing challenges to state-level abortion restrictions, USA Today reports.

Featured Blogs
"Arizona Attorneys Outline Why Roberts Court Should Revisit 'Roe'" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); "Everything You Need To Know About the Texas Abortion Law Battle" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); and "Since Ohio Is Forcing Abortion Clinics Out of Business, More Women Are Leaving the State To Get Care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/25).

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Ariz. Law Prohibiting Abortion Based on Sex, Race of Fetus
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

More Than 50 Abortion Clinics Closed Since 2010, Huffington Post Finds
At least 54 abortion clinics across 27 states have closed over the past three years -- in many cases because of state laws that target abortion providers, according to a Huffington Post survey of state health departments, abortion clinics and advocacy groups.

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Ariz. Law Blocking Planned Parenthood From Medicaid
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling that struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) barring organizations that provide abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

States 0-8 in Court Challenges Over Antiabortion Laws
States facing court challenges over abortion restrictions enacted this year have lost in every case that has reached a judge, Bloomberg reports.

Featured Blog
"5 of the Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Lawmakers in the U.S." (McDonough, Salon, 7/29).

Featured Blog
"Arizona AG Insists Abortion Restriction Based on Racial Stereotypes Is Not Discriminatory" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/24).

Ariz. Attorney General Moves To Dismiss Legal Challenge Against Sex-, Race-Based Abortion Ban
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a 2011 state law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Appeals Court Expresses Skepticism Over Ariz. Law Barring Planned Parenthood Funding
Two federal appeals court judges on Wednesday were skeptical of a challenge to a February ruling that struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) barring the distribution of family planning funds to organizations that provide abortions, the Seymour Tribune reports.

Proposal on Abortion Clinic Inspections Moves Forward in Ariz. House
A proposal that would allow the Arizona Department of Health Services to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant is advancing in the state House after being added as an amendment to another bill (SB 1069), the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Group Calls for Unannounced Clinic Inspections
An Arizona antiabortion-rights group is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow the state Department of Health Services to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant, the Arizona Republic reports.

Featured Blogs
"How Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Endangers Women" (NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice," 6/5), "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights" (Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Huffington Post blogs, 6/4) and "Austin May Become First Texas City With Paid Parental Leave" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/5).

Featured Blogs
"Shh: NY Catholic Church Quietly Paying for Birth Control, Abortions" (Egan Morrissey, Jezebel, 5/28); "ACLU Challenges Arizona's Race and Sex Selection Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29).

Lawsuit Challenges Ariz. Law on Abortions Based on Sex, Race of Fetus
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/ABC News reports.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban as Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down an Arizona law (HB 2036) that bans abortions after 20 weeks from a woman's last menstrual period, ruling that the measure violates Supreme Court precedent prohibiting states from banning abortions prior to fetal viability, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Arizona Congressman Wants To Expand His DC Abortion Ban To Restrict Reproductive Rights Nationwide" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 5/20), "A Duty To Protect Lives" (Carol Petraitis/Arno Vosk, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 5/17) and "Arkansas Judge Temporarily Blocks State's 12-Week Abortion Ban" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/17).

Ariz. Gov. Shifts Stance on Planned Parenthood Restrictions Under Medicaid Expansion
In a reversal, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday said she would support an amendment to her Medicaid expansion plan that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through the program, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ariz. Gov. Blocks Amendment Defunding Planned Parenthood
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has blocked an amendment to her Medicaid expansion plan that aimed to prohibit Planned Parenthood of Arizona from receiving public funds, Salon reports.

Debate Over Ariz. Medicaid Expansion Draws Amendment To Block Planned Parenthood Funding
A conservative Arizona lobbying group is seeking to attach an amendment to Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) Medicaid expansion plan that would prohibit Planned Parenthood of Arizona from receiving public funds, the Arizona Republic reports.

Bills To Ban Abortion Gain Prominence Among State Conservatives
In a shift from past decades, abortion-rights opponents have increasingly focused on state legislation banning abortion after certain points in pregnancy, ABC News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Some Arkansas Legislators do the Time Warp; Pass Most Extreme Abortion Bill in the Nation" (Hayley Smith, ACLU's "Blog of Rights," 2/28) and "States With the Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates Lack Adequate Sex Ed Requirements" (Rebecca Leber/Adam Peck, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 3/1).

Featured Blogs
"Medicaid Coverage for Abortion Care Elusive Even in States Where it is Legal" (Herold, RH Reality Check, 2/26) and "Hope in Indiana? Both Republicans and Democrats Express Reservations on Banning Medication Abortion" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/26).

Featured Blogs
"Mandatory Ultrasound Removed From Indiana TRAP Law, but Will Probably Still Close Lafayette Clinic" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/25) and "Arizona Federal District Court Blocks Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/22).

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ariz. Law Barring Funding to Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Friday struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) that barred distribution of family planning funds to organizations that also provide abortions, Reuters reports.

States in 2012 Passed Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever, Guttmacher Finds
States passed 43 abortion restrictions in 2012, a "sharp decrease" from 2011 but nonetheless the "second-highest number" enacted in a single year, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Texas Gov. Perry Calls for 20-Week Abortion Ban; New Suits Filed Over Women's Health Program
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday voiced his support for legislation that would ban abortion in the state after 20 weeks of gestation, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"5 States Where GOP Extremists Still Rage Against Women," (Sarah Seltzer, Salon, 11/30).

Ariz. Launches Website With Abortion Information Amid Legal Battle Over Law
The Arizona Department of Health Services last week launched a website about the risks of abortion, as required under a controversial new law (HB 2036) that also bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

No 'Postelection Letup' in Legal Fights Over Abortion, New York Times Editorial States
"No one should expect a postelection letup in the continuing courtroom fights over state efforts to restrict women's access to safe and legal abortions," a New York Times editorial states.

Ariz. 20-Week Ban is Unconstitutional, Slate Opinion Piece Argues
In a Slate opinion piece about a challenge to Arizona's 20-week abortion ban, Emily Bazelon writes, "When in a pregnancy can a state ban abortion? For years, the answer has been clear: after viability."

Featured Blogs
"The Sinister Motives Behind Challenges to Medicaid Funding of Planned Parenthood," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/24) and "New York City Launches Clinic Escort Program, Anti-Choicers Offended by 'Government Interference,'" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 10/24).

Battle Over Planned Parenthood Funding Becomes National Issue
Lawmakers' efforts to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in Arizona, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and other states have helped propel the organization to the forefront of national political debates, the Washington Post reports.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ariz. Law Barring Funding to Planned Parenthood
U.S. District Judge Neil Wake on Friday issued a temporary injunction prohibiting Arizona from enforcing a state law (HB 2800) barring public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion services, Reuters reports.

Ariz. Antiabortion Group Opposes Sales Tax Ballot Initiative
The Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative Christian group that opposes abortion rights, is fighting a state ballot measure (Proposition 204) related to sales tax because of concerns that it could fund family planning or Planned Parenthood, the Phoenix Business Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"Briefs in Support of Arizona's Pre-Viability Ban Show the Evolution of a Legal Challenge to Roe" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/9).

Judge Weighs Ariz. Law Blocking Family Planning Funding to Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Friday seemed skeptical of Arizona's defense of a state law that bars public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion care, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Rights and Judicial Bias in Texas Planned Parenthood Decision" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/27) and "Our Bodies, Our Votes" (Judy Norsigian, WBUR's "Cognoscenti," 8/30).

Most State 'Fetal Pain' Bills Yet To Face Court Challenges
Several states have enacted abortion bans later in pregnancy based on the disputed theory that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks of gestation, but only one has been challenged in court, Politico reports.

Appeals Court Blocks Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban From Taking Effect
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday temporarily blocked an Arizona law (HB 2036) that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Recent Court Rulings Fail To Preserve Women's Constitutional Rights, New York Times Editorial States
"At a time when abortion rights and women's access to affordable contraception are threatened by political attacks, judges in three newly decided federal cases failed to preserve constitutional protections for women," a New York Times editorial states.

Federal Judge Upholds Ariz. Law Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks
U.S. District Judge James Teilborg on Monday upheld an Arizona law (HB 2036) that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, clearing the way for the measure to take effect on Thursday, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Judge Weighs Challenges to Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban
U.S. District Judge James Teilborg on Wednesday heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging a new Arizona law (HB 2036) that bans abortion beginning at 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, the AP/Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. To Delay Enforcement of Planned Parenthood Funding Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds
Arizona will defer enforcement of a new law barring public family planning funding to organizations that provide abortion services, in order to give the state more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Protecting Abortion Rights Requires Vigilant Defense, Los Angeles Times Editorial States
"[A]n aggressive campaign to curtail [women's reproductive] rights is being waged across the country as opponents seize every opportunity to deny women long-established constitutional protections," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Service
U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Over Ariz. Funding Ban
Planned Parenthood Arizona on Monday filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to block an Arizona law barring public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion services, Reuters reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban
A federal lawsuit filed on Thursday seeks to block a new Arizona law (HB 2036) that bans abortion beginning at 20 weeks after a woman's last period, the New York Times reports.

High Number of State Abortion Restrictions Marked by Increased Focus on 'Fetal Pain' Bills
The number of state-level abortion restrictions is approaching record-setting levels again this year, a fact that some abortion-rights opponents attribute to their increased focus on so-called "fetal pain" legislation, Stateline/Kaiser Health News reports.

Advocates Worry 'Wrongful Birth' Bills Could Allow Doctors To Lie to Patients
Several states, including Arizona and Kansas, are considering bills that would ban so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuits, in which plaintiffs claim doctors failed to warn them about fetal complications that would have led them to choose an abortion, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Adding Protections for Workers Who Deny Services for Religious Reasons
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Friday signed into law a bill designed to allow workers who are licensed by the state to refuse to provide health care services based on religious objections, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Bill on Contraceptive Coverage
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 2625) that allows more religiously affiliated employers to claim an exemption from a state law that requires employee health plans to include contraceptive coverage, the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Law Barring Public Funding to Planned Parenthood
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 2800) that prohibits state or local governments from providing public funds to any organization that provides abortion care, the AP/USA Today reports.

Ariz. Senate Approves Contraceptive Coverage Bill
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 2625) that broadens the types of religiously affiliated employers that can claim an exemption from a state law requiring employers to include contraceptive coverage in their health plans, the AP/San Antonio Express reports.

Ariz. Senate Approves Bill To Block Funding to Planned Parenthood
Arizona legislators on Tuesday in a 18-8 party-line vote approved a bill (HB 2800) that would prohibit state or local governments from using public funds to support any organization that provides abortion care -- a piece of legislation that many believe specifically targets Planned Parenthood, the Arizona Republic reports.

Supposed Threats to 'Religious Freedom' Really About Access to Contraception, Women's Advocates Say
Although opponents of the federal contraceptive coverage rules claim their fight is about "religious freedom," women's and family planning groups say opponents' true objective is to restrict access to contraception, Kaiser Health News/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. Lawmakers Approve Narrowed Exemption to Contraceptive Coverage Law
An Arizona joint conference committee on Monday amended a bill (HB 2625) to limit which institutions can seek a religious exemption from a state law that requires contraceptive coverage in employer health plans, the Arizona Republic reports.

Number of State Antiabortion Bills Down Slightly From This Time Last Year, Guttmacher Reports
At least 75 bills restricting abortion rights have passed at least one state legislative chamber in the first three months of 2012, according to a report released Friday by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports.

Ariz. Senate Approves Contraception Coverage Bill
The Arizona Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure (HB 2625) that would allow certain employers to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage for religious reasons, the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Senate Approves Planned Parenthood Funding Bill
The Arizona Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a House-approved bill that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding that flows through the state for health services unrelated to abortion, AP/KTAR reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Sweeping Antiabortion Bill That Includes 20-Week Ban, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 2036) that includes several abortion restrictions, including a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation in nearly all cases and other limits on abortion, Reuters reports.

Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban Goes To Gov. Brewer
The Arizona House on Tuesday voted 37-22 to approve a bill (HB 2036) that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation in nearly all cases, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Senate Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Arizona Senate on Tuesday voted 20-10 to approve a bill (HB 2036) that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, except in medical emergencies, Reuters reports.

Re-Vote Planned After Ariz. Senate Rejects Contraceptive Coverage Bill
The Arizona Senate will re-vote on a measure (HB 2625) that would allow employers to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage for moral or religious reasons, the AP/NECN reports.

Ariz. Senate Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban, Longer Waiting Period
The Arizona Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill (HB 2036) that would ban abortion in the state after 20 weeks of gestation, the AP/Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Contraception Bill Stalls Amid Concerns About Disclosing Medical Information
Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce (R) on Monday removed a bill (HB 2625) from a Senate committee agenda that would require women seeking contraceptives to provide proof of a medical need if their employer does not cover the drugs for moral or religious reasons, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ariz. Senate Comm. Approves Bill To Expand Exemptions to State Contraceptive Coverage Law
Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill (HB 2625) that would allow any employer to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage for moral or religious reasons, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Ariz. House Approves Bill To Expand Exemptions to State Contraceptive Coverage Law
The Arizona House on Thursday approved a bill (HB 2625) that would allow any employer to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage for religious reasons, the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Prohibit 'Wrongful Birth' Lawsuits
An Arizona Senate bill would ban so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuits, in which plaintiffs claim that doctors failed to inform them of prenatal complications that would have led them to choose an abortion, the AP/Mohave Daily News reports.

Planned Parenthood Arizona To Restore Abortion Services at Two Clinics
Planned Parenthood Arizona is resuming abortion services at two clinics in the Phoenix area that had ended the services to comply with a state law, the AP/New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Judge Suggests Ariz. Tax Credit Law Restricts Free Speech
Federal Judge Roslyn Silver on Wednesday signaled that she might rule against an Arizona law (HB 2384) prohibiting residents from claiming tax credits for donations to charitable organizations that directly or indirectly support abortion rights, the Yuma Sun reports.

Groups Challenge Ariz. Law Targeting Donations To Charities That Support Abortion Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Wednesday requested a preliminary injunction against a state law (HB 2384) that prohibits residents from claiming tax credits for donations to charitable organizations that directly or indirectly support abortion, the Arizona Republic reports.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona Ends Abortion Services in Three Cities
Planned Parenthood of Arizona on Thursday announced that it is ending abortion services in three cities to comply with recently enacted state laws, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Ariz. Appeals Court Rules That 2009 Abortion Restrictions Do Not Cause Undue Burden
The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortion services are constitutional and do not place an undue burden on women, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Ariz. Judge Temporarily Halts Abortion Restrictions
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama on Wednesday delayed enforcement of new state laws restricting medication abortion services, allowing attorneys to prepare for an Aug. 22 hearing on a legal challenge filed by Planned Parenthood of Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports.

Arizona | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Arizona.

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.

Planned Parenthood Arizona Incorporated et al v. Humble
State court challenge to an Arizona law and related regulations that impose restrictions on medication abortion and force abortion clinics to administer medication in an outdated manner.

NAACP v. Horne
Challenge to a 2011 Arizona law that prohibits providing an abortion to women seeking the procedure because they do not want to give birth to a child of a certain gender or race.

Isaacson v. Horne
Challenge to an unconstitutional Arizona law that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks following the woman's last menstrual period.

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Betlach
Challenge brought in federal court to Arizona law that prohibits public family planning funds from going to abortion providers or entities affiliated with abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Horne
Challenge to 2010 Arizona abortion clinic licensing regulations that effectively prohibit qualified nurse practitioners from providing first-trimester surgical abortion and medication abortion, prohibit qualified physician assistants from providing medication abortion, and impose medically unnecessary and inappropriate clinical requirements on the provision of medication abortion.