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A federal judge indicated Friday's he's not buying the state's argument that it can cut off family planning funds for Planned Parenthood.

Anti-Planned Parenthood Law Goes to Court

Oct 4, 2012

A federal judge will hear arguments Friday about whether the state can legally cut Planned Parenthood out of a program to provide family planning services.

Arizona law already precludes public funds for abortions. But earlier this year lawmakers voted to prohibit any family planning dollars from going to any organization that also PERFORMS abortions. Planned Parenthood sued. But state Solicitor General David Cole said lawmakers are entitled to make that call based on the argument that state dollars for family planning can free up other Planned Parenthood funds for abortions.

On paper, 13,606 Arizona women terminated a pregnancy in 2011, compared to 11,059 the year before.

Federal Judge Upholds AZ's Abortion Ban

Jul 30, 2012

A federal judge today upheld the legality of a new state law that outlaws virtually all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

AZ Abortion Ban Goes to Federal Court

Jul 26, 2012

Attorneys faced off Wednesday in federal court over the legality of a new state law banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Janet Crepps of the Center for Reproductive Rights told Judge James Teilborg the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states have no right to impose such a restriction prior to viability, considered to be in the 22-24 week range. But Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Teilborg should defer to the decision of Arizona lawmakers.

Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop New Funding Law

Jul 17, 2012
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Planned Parenthood filed suit Monday to block a new abortion law scheduled to take effect next month.

Docs Sue Over State's New Anti-Abortion Law

Jul 12, 2012

Three doctors who perform abortions filed suit today in federal court to stop the state from enforcing a new law which bans terminating a pregnancy after 20 weeks.

Current Arizona law bans abortions after viability -- generally considered in the neighborhood of 23 weeks -- except in emergencies. This law sets the cutoff at 20 weeks, a point at which some have argued a fetus can feel pain. But attorney Janet Crepps from the Center for Reproductive Rights said that violates prior rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Protestors gathered outside the D-C office of Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks today. The group is upset with the congressman’s effort to ban abortions in DC after twenty weeks.

Gage Skidmore

This year's legislative session was heavy on issues related to issues of morality and religion.

Governor Jan Brewer signed new restrictions on abortions Thursday even as lawmakers moved to expand laws exempting who has to fund contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.

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