TUCSON, Arizona, March 6, 2014 ( – Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Arizona to allow medical abortions up to the ninth week of pregnancy as new rules come into effect limiting the practice to the first seven weeks.

In the case before U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata, Planned Parenthood has claimed that the law places “an unconstitutional burden” on women and “their right to choose an abortion.”

The law in question was passed in 2012, but will be coming into effect this April 1. It states that any medication used to induce an abortion must be administered “in compliance with the protocol authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”


In the case of RU-486, the protocol extends the poison’s use only up to the seventh week of gestation. Planned Parenthood uses it into the ninth week.

Josh Kredit is arguing the other side of the case for the Center for Arizona Policy, which had originally pushed for the law.  He said that it is up to the FDA, and not up to individual doctors, to decide when and how drugs can be used.

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Kredit said that Planned Parenthood has a financial motive behind the suit. “This is Planned Parenthood putting profits above people,” since it is easier to sell abortion by pill, he claims.

About 4,000 abortions are committed a year in Arizona using RU-486, which accounts for most of the non-surgical abortions in that state.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has been attempting to limit abortions in the state. The Supreme Court recently overturned her attempt to have Planned Parenthood defunded.


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