Arizona Court Clears Way for Abortion Restrictions

By AMANDA LEE MYERS | August 11, 2011 | 4:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has allowed key parts of an Arizona law restricting abortions to take effect, including one that requires women to see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion.

The provisions have been on hold for two years after a state judge ruled to block them from taking effect in 2009.

The Arizona Court of Appeals' ruling Thursday clears the way for women to be required to get so-called "informed consent" from a doctor in person before getting an abortion.

The ruling also covers provisions banning nurses from performing surgical abortions and requiring parental consent forms to be notarized for minors getting abortions.

Another provision expands an existing law that allows health-care workers to refuse to participate in abortions for moral or religious reasons.


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