Ariz.'s New Abortion Restrictions Get Scrutiny

Bloomberg reports how Arizona's new ban on abortions after 20 weeks, set to take effect Aug. 2, is emblematic of a growing number of state efforts to diminish access to the procedure or target those who provide it.

Bloomberg: Arizona's Ban At 20 Weeks Shows Country's Shift on Abortion Law
Jennifer Hercegovac and her husband picked out a name, set up a nursery and sold her business so she could be a stay-at-home mother….In less than a decade, Arizona has gone from a state that abortion-rights groups viewed as friendly to one that's hailed by abortion foes as a national model in their fight to protect the unborn. The shift is emblematic of the nation's, as lawmakers push to diminish access to the procedure and target those who provide it (Crawford and Deprez, 7/26).

Bloomberg: Arizona Doctors Seek to Block Law Banning Some Abortions
The Center for Reproductive Rights urged a judge to block an Arizona law, set to take effect Aug. 2, that makes it a crime for physicians to perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg in Phoenix heard arguments today on a request by three doctors for an order preventing that part of the statute from being enforced while they seek a ruling that it’s preempted by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The doctors are backed by lawyers at the reproductive rights group and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In Colorado, a judge is expected to rule on the health law's mandate that employers offer contraception coverage in their health plans --

Politico Pro: Contraception Policy Ruling Expected Friday
A Colorado judge is expected to rule Friday on a request from a small business owner to block the Obama administration’s requirement that employers provide insurance coverage of contraceptives. The policy is due to go into effect Aug 1 (Haberkorn, 7/25).

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