Bloomberg Law
Sept. 29, 2021, 12:38 PM

Arizona’s Abortion ‘Reason’ Ban Halted for Now, Judge Says

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

Arizona abortion providers got a split decision in their fight to temporarily block enforcement of provisions that declare life begins at conception and ban the procedure based on a woman’s reason for seeking one.

The “reason” ban prohibits doctors from performing abortions when they know a woman wants one because her fetus has a genetic abnormality. It and its related notice and reporting requirements likely violate a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy before viability by imposing an undue burden on it, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona said.

The court said the reason ban isn’t ...