Democracy Now, August 2, 2012
A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Arizona’s harsh new anti-abortion law just before it was to take effect. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks gestation — or 18 weeks post-fertilization — except in medical emergencies. Abortion rights advocates have filed a court challenge, calling the measure among the most extreme of the more than six similar bans across the United States. The law will now be on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.