Court upholds strict law on abortion in Arizona

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5214
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Arizona’s law restricting abortions to 20 weeks after the last menstrual period—the most restrictive law in the United States—was upheld on 30 July by Judge James Teilborg of US District Court in Phoenix, Arizona. He denied a request to block the law temporarily and issued a final ruling upholding the law. The law will go into effect on 2 August.

The law had been challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and three Arizona doctors.1

The centre and the civil liberties union said they plan to file an emergency appeal to prevent the law going into effect.

The Arizona law hinges on fetal viability, usually considered to be …

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