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The 9th Circuit ordered Bury to reverse his ruling and block the rules while considering Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit.

The abortion drug restriction bill was one of many pushed in recent years by the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative group. Two of its abortion restriction laws - a ban on Medicaid money for any of Planned Parenthood’s nonabortion services and a ban on abortion after 20 weeks - previously were blocked by federal courts.

Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group, called the ruling “just another example that the 9th Circuit is out of step with other courts.” Appeals courts in two other federal circuits - the fifth and sixth - have upheld similar restrictions, he said.

“The law will not be in effect, but we will live to fight another day and hopefully it will be appealed to the Supreme Court,” Kredit said.

David Brown, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, acknowledged that federal courts have split on the issue, but said state courts have blocked laws in two states, making it 3 to 2 against medication abortion restrictions.


Christie reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writer Astrid Galvan in Phoenix contributed to this report.