A federal judge in Tucson has refused to block new Arizona rules limiting the use of the most common abortion drugs.
The ruling by Judge David C. Bury means that new restrictions will take effect Tuesday.
The rules are among the most stringent in the nation. They ban pill-induced abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy, compared with the current nine-week restriction.
Planned Parenthood Arizona and the private abortion clinic Tucson Women's Center say the rules are unconstitutional and severely infringe on a woman's ability to have an abortion. They sued earlier this month to temporarily block the new rules
The rules were released in January by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden issued the following statement regarding multiple new legal setbacks for Planned Parenthood in Arizona, Alabama, and Kansas:
"Planned Parenthood's efforts to put their profits ahead of the safety of women and children continue to fail. From Arizona to Alabama to Kansas, America's largest abortion seller has not succeeded so far in its opposition to common-sense laws that put women's health and well-being ahead of Planned Parenthood's bottom line."
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.
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