9th Circus puts AZ abortion law on hold for now

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The nation’s most stringent restrictions on the use of abortion drugs are now temporarily on hold one day after going into effect in Arizona.

A federal appeals court has granted a temporary stay on new regulations that took effect Tuesday. The court ruled Weds afternoon around 4 PM EDT.  What is known as the “9th Circus” court, the most liberal in the nation out of San Francisco, is the appeals court.

The ruling came in response to an appeal by Klan Parenthood AZ and other groups after a federal judge in Tucson refused to temporarily block the rules. PP already brags that about 17% — one in every 6 reported abortions in the US–are performed using mifepristone.

The abortion rules were released in January by the Arizona Department of Health Services. They ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug – mifepristone/Mifeprex sometimes known by its antiquated experimental name–RU-486 – after the 7th week of pregnancy. Women had been allowed to take the abortion pill through 9 weeks of pregnancy.

The NEW rules also require that the drug be administered only at the FDA-approved dosage no later than 7 weeks into a pregnancy instead of the present 9 weeks, and that both doses be taken at the clinic. At present, the usual dose is lower and now usually taken at home, increasing chances of a drug misadventure.

Below are chemical structures of mifepristone and its chemical cousin, ella, which is readily available with a prescription and generally no limits at the state level. Mifepristone is also available under the Specialty drug by the trade name of Korlym.


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