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In light of a Texas court ruling that could restrict mifepristone, Arizona and other states are working to continue access.

A federal judge in Texas soon could make one of the two pills used in medication abortions harder to come by, even in blue states that support abortion rights - though Arizona and many other states are trying to ensure continued access to the drugs. Read more»

A 2021 report from the Arizona Department of Health Services found that just under 92% of abortions in the state were performed at or before 13 weeks.

Following the lead of Tucson and Phoenix, Flagstaff is now the third Arizona city to pass a resolution in support of abortion access, in protest of statewide restrictions. Read more»

Nearly 22 million women, girls and gender-nonconforming persons of reproductive age are now living in states where abortion has been banned or is in other ways inaccessible, a contingent of U.S. and global human rights groups noted in a letter to the U.N.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups have asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care. Read more»

Abortion rights measures in more states are expected on the ballot in 2024.

For decades, lawyers at the Thomas More Society have backed provocateurs and long shot causes in hopes of winning severe restrictions on abortion in the U.S. - now, the organization has embraced relentlessly questioning the integrity of elections. Read more»

Access to abortion in Arizona has long been hampered by a myriad of laws regulating the procedure, and Dobbs has only worsened the burden.

A Scottsdale-based law firm is hoping to reinstate a near-total abortion ban from 1864, filing an appeal on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling that allowed limited access to the procedure. Read more»

Democrats predominantly focused on Kacsmaryk’s past statements about LGBTQ rights during floor debate on his nomination, though some senators expressed concern about whether he could be impartial on cases addressing access to birth control and abortion.

The U.S. District Court judge who could end more than two decades of legal access to medication abortion underwent extensive questioning about LGBTQ equality at his December 2017 confirmation hearing — and very little about his views on abortion. Read more»

In August, Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate introduced similar bills, at the urging of anti-abortion groups. Sponsors of those proposals have said their goal is to sharply curtail abortion rights.

Arizona has moved one step closer to what critics say is a sneaky attempt to add fetal personhood into state law in a way that would avoid a federal court ruling that blocked a straightforward personhood law passed two years ago. Read more»

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 loosened some restrictions on the pill mifepristone, allowing it to be dispensed by more pharmacies.

Attorneys general from several states - including Arizona AG Kris Mayes - have filed a lawsuit against the FDA, claiming the agency imposed burdensome regulatory actions on mifepristone and misoprostol — two drugs administered in combination for medication abortions. Read more»

Mifepristone’s approval was investigated in 2008 — during the Republican administration of George W. Bush — by the Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog, which found that the process was consistent with FDA regulations.

Abortion rights advocates — galvanized by the reversal of Roe v. Wade — are girding for another decision from a Texas courtroom that could force the FDA to remove a widely used abortion pill from pharmacies and physicians’ offices nationwide. Read more»

Abortion protesters march in Tucson on May 3, 2022.

As Arizona teeters between abortion access and increased restrictions, reproductive rights advocates are hoping voters in 2024 will guarantee the right to abortion in the Grand Canyon State. Read more»

A fetus is potentially viable after 24 weeks of development, and less than 1% of abortions in the United States are performed after that.

Republicans want health care workers to provide life-saving care for all babies born alive, taking aim at abortion, but critics say a bill passed by the Arizona Senate could mandate the torture of premature babies who have no chance of survival. Read more»

Elizabeth Alvarado-Thorson, Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominee for director of the Arizona Department of Administration, testifies in front of the Senate Nominations Committee on Feb. 20.

The confirmation of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ pick to lead the state’s largest agency stalled after Republican Jake Hoffman said that the nominee didn’t speak “honestly and truthfully” to the state newly formed Senate Director Nominations Committee. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Republicans in the Arizona Senate want to mandate care for children delivered alive during abortions - even though there’s already a law on the books that does just that - and amends language in the current law to change the word “fetus” to “infant” and “delivered” to “born alive.” Read more»

Last year, voters in Arizona approved a proposition raising the threshold to enact constitutional amendments related to taxes to 60%, but rejected another proposed amendment that would have allowed the legislature to more easily repeal citizen-led ballot initiatives.

Roused by voters’ recent endorsement of abortion rights — even in conservative states — Republican legislators are ramping up efforts to make it tougher for citizens to change laws or amend state constitutions through ballot measures. Read more»

One of conversion therapy’s biggest advocates, Dr. Quentin Van Meter, also testifies in this lawsuit: arguing that long-term effects of mifepristone on minors have not been adequately studied - though HHS disagrees.

The grim - but false - narrative a group of small conservative Christian medical associations laid before an openly anti-abortion federal judge could have immediate consequences, as many have begun to rely on abortion drugs to terminate pregnancies early and safely. Read more»

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