Arizona's attorney general, Mark Brnovich, won't enforce a disputed section of a new law requiring abortion providers to tell women they can reverse drug-induced abortions until the matter can be sorted in court.

The decision made public Tuesday comes as the state prepares to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers.

Critics have said there's no science that shows drug-induced abortions can be reversed, and abortion providers argue it's unconstitutional to require doctors to say something that goes against their medical judgment.

Unable to block Medicaid expansion, Republican legislators are now trying a different approach. They want to impose new restrictions on who can get care, and for how long. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

When it comes to overall health, Arizona fared a little better this year in the America’s Health Rankings survey of 50 states.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to be Chosen Tuesday

Aug 6, 2012

State health officials will award the first certificates Tuesday to sell medical marijuana.

Sierra Eckert

As students head back to school, yellow buses are going to become a common sight again. But this fall, buses won’t be ferrying just students.

North Country Healthcare has just launched a new mobile clinic in a bus.

The clinic will bring primary healthcare to elementary schools in Flagstaff. 

Arizona Public Radio’s Sierra Eckert has this story…

A bright orange Frelightner bus sits outside Killip Elementary school in Flagstaff.

But, it’s not full of backpacks and lunchboxes.

It’s a mobile health clinic.

Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop New Funding Law

Jul 17, 2012

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

Arizona’s U-S House lawmakers voted along party lines in another Republican attempt to repeal the nation’s health care law.  The Democrats accuse the G-O-P of breaking their promise to replace the law, not merely repeal it.

Hours after the Supreme Court upheld the health law Republicans were preparing for the repeal vote. By some counts it’s the thirty first time the House has voted to repeal all or part of the law. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva says the G-O-P is just trying to score political points while avoiding any attempt to reform the system.

The U-S Supreme Court Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack Obama. But how could the ruling affect the health care industry and the state of Arizona.

A rural clinic in Northern Arizona is bracing for an influx of patients once the details of today’s Supreme Court ruling on healthcare shake out. Non-profit community health centers have long filled in the gaps of the nation’s health system by taking care of uninsured or underinsured patients. 

New Federal data show the nation's teen birthrate is at historic lows.

And Arizona saw the largest decline in the country from 2007 to 2010.

In those 4 years, Arizona's birthrate for girls, aged 15 to 19, fell 29 percent.

Brady Hamilton put the report together for the National Center for Health Statistics.

But he says the states decline in teen birthrates is only part of the story.

"Arizona was fairly high, it wasn't the highest, but it was fairly high, so 29% still leaves room for more decline," said Hamilton.