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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:36 PM

Court blocks Arizona 20-week abortion ban from taking effect

Source: Politico

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction that will block an Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks from going into effect this week.

Responding to an emergency appeal filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU after a federal district court judge upheld the law on Monday, the circuit court Wednesday temporarily blocked the law from being implemented on Aug. 2 while the court considers the case against it.

“Today we have won a critical victory,” CRR President and CEO Nancy Northup said in a statement. “We will continue this battle now to ensure that the private and personal decisions of Arizona women are not subject to arbitrary and dangerous restrictions advanced by an extreme anti-choice agenda.”

The Arizona law bans abortions from 20 weeks, except in the case of a medical emergency in which abortion is necessary “to avert her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79280.html

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