TUCSON, AZ, April 2, 2014 ( — Fearing the closure of one of its clinics, Planned Parenthood Arizona has appealed a Monday decision allowing the nation's most stringent abortion drug law to take effect.

On Monday, Federal Judge David Bury upheld a state law stipulating that the abortion drug RU-486 could be limited to use only up to seven weeks' gestation, and only at a clinic instead of at home. Bury said that while the law does impose hardship upon women seeking to get an abortion, those burdens were not substantial enough to justify an injunction.

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Planned Parenthood and the Tucson Women's Center filed their appeal in the 9th Circuit Court. Similar laws have seen mixed results in court — Ohio and Texas saw their laws upheld in federal courts, whereas Oklahoma and North Dakota had state courts rule against them. Unlike the other states, however, Arizona's law does not include exemptions for any reason.

One of Planned Parenthood Arizona's major concerns is the possible closure of its Flagstaff, Arizona location. Local news reports that location “is evaluating” its options, but may “suspend operations.” The law's regulations were enacted in January of this year, but the original appeal by Planned Parenthood took several months to reach Bury's court.

The appeal could be acted upon as early as this week.


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