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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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.

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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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