HB 2684, sponsored by Rep. Randy Grau (R-Edmond), would update restrictions on medication abortions that were originally passed in 2011, but found unconstitutional in December.
Issued by a federal district court, Wednesday’s order permanently blocks the law, which would have banned abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy.
A new lawsuit filed in state court argues that when lawmakers implemented new restrictions on medication abortion in the state they unlawfully delegated power to the FDA to regulate Arizona doctors.
Until now, attempts to track the legislative journey that ultimately led to the passage of one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country would have been a daunting task. With the launch of RH Reality Check’s interactive database, however, a picture of the long road to HB 2 begins to emerge.
The ruling prevents extreme restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing medication from taking effect while a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality moves forward.
Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed another challenge to abortion restrictions in the state, while federal courts in Arizona and Alabama consider similar challenges.
The temporary, emergency order will stay in place through Monday while the federal appeals court considers advocates’ request to block regulations they claim threatens access to medication abortions statewide.
The ruling means that abortion providers in Arizona will be forced to adhere to outdated protocol when performing medication abortions.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on provisions of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law that raises the question: How many bodies will be enough for courts like the Fifth Circuit?
A portion of an Alabama law that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital will remain on hold for at least another week. Three clinics in the state sued to block the requirement, arguing that it is medically unnecessary and unconstitutional.