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Updated Mar 26, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Federal judge questions Arizona abortion restrictions

TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge has cast doubt on whether Arizona has
sufficient evidence to prove its new restrictions on the most common abortion
drugs benefit women.

Judge David C. Bury heard arguments Wednesday in Tucson on a request by
Planned Parenthood Arizona to temporarily block new abortion restrictions that
are set to take effect on Tuesday. He did not make a decision.

Bury did, however, question whether the state had enough
evidence to prove that requiring the most common abortion-inducing drug to be
administered only at the FDA-approved dosage and in a clinic instead of at home
would benefit women’s health. He also questioned why women whose health is
threatened by a pregnancy are not exempt.

The new rules are based on a 2012 law.

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