The ACLU, along with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood, has challenged an Arizona law that forces doctors to lie to and mislead patients by telling them that it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion.
Arizona’s law is part of a recent wave of restrictions on safe, legal abortion based on bad medicine that prevent doctors from providing medical care based on the best evidence available and their medical judgment.
Because there is no credible, medically accepted evidence that a medication abortion can be reversed, this law is opposed by medical experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr. Ilana Addis, chairwoman of the Arizona Section of ACOG, and Dr. Julie Kwatra, legislative chair of the Arizona Section of ACOG, called the Arizona law “bad medicine.” If it goes into effect, this law would force doctors to provide all patients seeking a safe, legal abortion — including surgical and medication abortion — with medically inaccurate and misleading information that could be harmful to their health.
Federal District Court Grants Preliminary InjunctionOctober 16, 2015
A federal district court judge granted a preliminary injunction to continue to block the law as the lawsuit continues, postponing the trial. One reason the state has asked to postpone the trial is because the research director of the abortion pill reversal program was found to lack the “publication and research background and experience” to be qualified as an expert witness.