UNDUE BURDEN

AZ Abortion Drug Limits Upheld

A federal judge in Tuscon has refused to block Arizona’s restrictions on medications to induce abortions, which will take effect Tuesday. The state rules limit the use of medication to induce abortions to the first seven weeks of pregnancy. The rules also restrict the use of the abortion-inducing drug, mifepristone, to the 2000 Food and Drug Administration guidelines, even though doctors have since shown that it can be used in lower doses and, thus, safely taken outside doctors' offices. Planned Parenthood, one of the plaintiffs, argued the state regulations cause an undue burden on women by forcing some to undergo unnecessary surgical abortions.The restrictions also potentially bar women in Northern Arizona from having access to abortions altogether, as the one provider in the region only offers the drug option. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “It is outrageous that politicians are interfering in a doctor’s ability to provide the highest quality medical care for women in Arizona.”