Arizona abortion restrictions to remain blocked

Arizona abortion restrictions to remain blocked

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 5: (L-R) Trevor Raffeo, 19, of Lancaster, California; Kristene Mueller, 20, of Niagara Falls, New York; Thomas Hall, 19, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Abigail Brown, 19, Phoenix, Arizona; and Tanner Peake, 21, of Missoula, Montana; pray in front of the Supreme Court building September 5, 2005 in Washington, DC. They are members of an anti-abortion Christian group called "The Cause USA" who work at the Justice House of Prayer in Washington and pray in front of the Supreme Court every day, according to spokesperson Missy Huff of Decatur, Alabama. US President George W. Bush announced that he has nominated Judge John G. Roberts to replace Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died of cancer September. "We totally think he's from the Lord," Huff said about Roberts. "We think he's an answer to our prayers." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Posted on June 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has decided to continue blocking the nation's strictest restrictions on the use of abortion drugs.
   
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Tuesday to keep in place the injunction against Arizona's new rules while a lawsuit is pending. The panel says the rules appear to cause an "undue burden" on women's right to abortions.
   
The regulations ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug - RU-486 - after the seventh week of pregnancy instead of the ninth. They also require that the drug be administered only at the FDA-approved dosage and that both doses be taken at a clinic.
   
Planned Parenthood Arizona has sued to stop the rules.
   
The panel granted the stay one day after the rules took effect in April. A federal judge in Tucson had declined to block them temporarily.
 

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