SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 2, 2014 ( – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has suspended an Arizona law regulating medication abortions, a provision that could have closed at least one abortion facility.

The law restricted the use of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 to the first seven weeks of pregnancy, a reduction from the nine weeks previously allowed by law. It also requires that the pill be administered in a doctor's office, not  by nurses or other staff.

If enforced, the law could force the nation's largest abortion provider to close its office in Flagstaff, Arizona.


U.S. District Court Judge David Bury in Tuscon upheld the law on Monday, saying it does not impose a significant burden upon women seeking an abortion.

Having failed their efforts, Planned Parenthood Arizona and the Tucson Women's Center, a state abortion facility, appealed its enforcement today.

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The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court, based in San Francisco, is known as one of the nation's most liberal, and most overturned, appeals courts.


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