- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation repealing a pair of laws targeting abortion because they appeared to be indefensible in court. The Republican governor also signed another bill that opponents say is designed to make it easier to cut off abortion providers from Medicaid funding.

Tuesday’s action repeals a law he signed in March that locked in outdated federal guidelines covering the most commonly used abortion drug. It also repealed a 2015 law Ducey approved requiring providers to tell patients the effects of an abortion drug are reversible. That law had been on hold pending a court challenge.

The Medicaid payment law Ducey signed allows the state to cut off funding to providers that fail to segregate taxpayer money from funds used to provide abortions.

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