Arizona court clears way for abortion restrictions
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - An appeals court has allowed important parts of an Arizona law restricting abortions to take effect. This includes the one that requires women to see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion.
The Associated Press reports that the provisions have been on hold for two years after a state judge ruled to block them from taking effect in 2009.
The ruling clears the way for women to be required to get informed consent from a doctor in person before getting an abortion. It also covers provisions banning nurses from performing surgical abortions and requiring parental consent forms to be notarized for minors getting abortions. There is also expansion to the existing law allowing health-care workers to refuse to participate in abortions for moral or religious reasons.