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Arizona abortion case headed to US Supreme Court

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm •  Published: September 2, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case against the state's strict abortion-medication regulations.

Attorney General Tom Horne filed a request asking the court to review the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to put on hold the regulations while a case against them by Planned Parenthood plays out in federal court in Tucson.

But that case is also now on hold at the state's request.

The rules ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug — RU-486 — after the seventh week of pregnancy. Women had been allowed to take the abortion pill through nine weeks of pregnancy.

The rules also require that the drug be administered only at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approved dosage and that both doses be taken at a clinic.

The dosage on the label, which was approved over a decade ago, is no longer routinely followed because doctors have found much lower dosages are just as effective when combined with a second drug, and women now usually take the second dose at home, avoiding what is often a long trip to a clinic.

Planned Parenthood Arizona has said that about 800 women would have had to get surgical abortions in 2012 if the rules were in effect then.

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