Federal appeals court questions Arizona's ban on late-term abortions
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop an Arizona law which bans doctors from performing abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The way in which the state of Arizona measures gestation is in question.
A federal appeals court panel on Monday sharply questioned lawyers defending an Arizona law that bans late-term abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies, which opponents say is the toughest in the United States.Skip to next paragraph
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In San Francisco, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case after it blocked the Republican-backed Arizona law from going into effect earlier this year. Three abortion providers challenged the law in court.
The Arizona law bars doctors from performing abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies, and could send doctors who perform them to jail.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing to stop the law, said it was more extreme than similar laws elsewhere, because the way Arizona measures gestation means it would bar abortions two weeks earlier than in other states.