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The ruling means that abortion providers in Arizona will be forced to adhere to outdated protocol when performing medication abortions.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 decision acknowledged that while there is “substantial” evidence to question the state’s motive in passing an admitting privileges law under the guise of maternal health, a trial is still necessary to determine if the law is constitutional.
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?
If the petition is granted, the Supreme Court could dramatically limit how abortion restrictions are challenged.
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s order and ruled the State of Kansas can enforce a 2011 law that strips Planned Parenthood of Title X funds while a legal challenge proceeds.
Ultimately, it may not be the conservative justices’ animosity toward reproductive rights and women’s health care generally that sinks the birth control benefit, but rather the Obama administration’s refusal to vigorously defend it.
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.
The federal Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act would lift current barriers lawful immigrants face in accessing affordable health insurance.
A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.