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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.

Missouri’s new attorney general, leading a coalition of conservative states, on Wednesday sent a warning letter to pharmacy giants Walgreens and CVS saying that a plan to mail abortion pills is both illegal and unsafe. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

A ruling Thursday from a federal judge that reinstates an abortion ban from 2021 that prohibits doctors from performing abortions due to the fetus’ genetic abnormality has once again complicated the legal landscape for providers in Arizona. Read more»

Women in Arizona can access abortion services up to 15 weeks. Past that point, only women facing imminent risks to their lives will be able to obtain the procedure. It includes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. 

Gov. Katie Hobbs won’t fulfill her campaign promise to call a special session on her first day in office to repeal Arizona’s Civil War-era abortion near total ban, saying that a recent court ruling made that effort moot.  Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions. Read more»

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and Pima County, which joined the challenge, argued that the 1864 ban needs to fit in with the state’s myriad other abortion laws.

The future of abortion access in Arizona remains in limbo after a three-judge panel in Tucson heard arguments Wednesday on the validity and application of a near-total ban from 1864 — and whether it can coexist with a 15-week ban passed this year.  Read more»

Dr. Jill Gibson, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Arizona, stands outside the organization’s Tempe clinic during a press conference to announce the resumption of abortion services across the state on Oct. 27, 2022. Gibson, who is an OBGYN, said abortion should be a decision made between patients and their doctors, not subject to the whims of polticians.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona is resuming abortion care services after a months-long pause amid uncertainty over whether doctors could face criminal charges for performing the procedure - but the resumption of services may be temporary, as the 1864 ban is still a looming threat. Read more»

Planned Parenthood in Arizona, like other abortion providers in the state, is once again offering abortions after a court ruling last week restored a state law that allows them up to 15 weeks. It’s the latest twist in an on-again, off-again availability of abortion after a series of legal challenges since this summer.

Clinics across Arizona have largely resumed offering abortions after a court last week blocked a ruling that briefly outlawed the procedure, but providers said they are taking abortion’s future in the state day by day. Read more»

A Civil War-era abortion ban reinstated in Arizona on Sept. 23 is now on hold while Planned Parenthood Arizona challenges the law in court.

A recently reinstated near-total abortion ban in Arizona is on hold after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood, pausing the law while the organization continues to challenge it, and restoring access to abortion across the state. Read more»

A protester holds a sign at an abortion rights rally at the state Capitol on May 3, 2022.

A guide to help clear up some confusion after the 1864 territorial era ban on abortion took in effect in Arizona, which left providers, patients, and even lawmakers confused about the legal and medical landscape. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey has said a new 15-week abortion ban is the controlling abortion law in Arizona, even though a judge ruled last week that a near-total abortion ban written in 1864 is the law of the land. Democrats, community groups and AG Mark Brnovich's office want a special legislative session to end the confusion.

The head of the Arizona Democratic Party and a coalition of liberal organizations are asking Gov. Ducey to call a special legislative session to eliminate confusion over Arizona’s abortion laws, and they have an unexpected ally - the office of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed his opposition to Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s request that a judge’s ruling that recently reinstated a 1864 abortion ban be put on hold, roundly dismissing the organization’s argument that a tangled legal landscape will cause providers to put off care, ultimately harming women. Read more»

Some states prohibit clinics that provide abortions from receiving public money for birth control.

Arizona and at least 16 other states have restrictions barring abortion clinics from receiving public contraception funds - though 1 in 3 low-income people who use contraception rely on Planned Parenthood or other publicly funded clinics to pay for the often-costly pills or devices. Read more»

Abortion-rights advocates vowed to fight a Pima County Superior Court ruling that reinstated an Arizona law that criminalizes abortion in most cases. Activists in this file photo rally outside the Arizona Capitol in June, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade ruling.

Planned Parenthood Arizona said Monday it will appeal a Pima County judge’s ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state and effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona, while seeking an immediate stay of the Pima County Superior Court ruling. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's legal leap into the abortion debate means that medical care is no longer available in Arizona. Republicans would ordinarily prevail in these midterm elections, but the issue is likely to drag them down with voters — and not just women.

A Pima County judge cleared the way for a near-total abortion ban in Arizona. Republicans can no longer hide from the issue. They must stand and run on their extreme power grab from Arizonans' personal lives. The GOP's slim margin on power in the Legislature means the Democrats have an opportunity to seize. Read more»

Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A Pima County judge has ruled that a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona can be enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade, lifting an injunction that kept the law from being enforced for nearly 50 years. Read more»

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