The nation's strictest rules on the use of abortion medication will continue to be blocked while a lawsuit against them plays out in court.
Arizona's regulations on the use of the most common abortion drugs are being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood Arizona, which says they pose an "undue burden" on women.
A three-judge panel of the ninth US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday it agreed with that argument, and decided to keep in place the injunction against the rules while the case against them continues in a lower federal court.
The regulations ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug — RU-486 — after the seventh week of pregnancy. Women had been allowed to take the abortion pill through nine weeks of pregnancy.