Arizona Recoups Legal Fees To Planned Parenthood After Losing Abortion Battle

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U.S. District Judge Steven Logan ordered the state of Arizona to pay Planned Parenthood more than $600,000 in attorney fees and other costs Monday.

Planned Parenthood previously filed a lawsuit against the state demanding it strike down a 2015 law requiring that abortion providers tell their patients it’s possible to reverse the effects of abortion drugs, according to the Associated Press. Logan’s order for the recompense comes a year after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey repealed the law in August 2016.

Planned Parenthood argued in its lawsuit that the state law was inaccurate and unconstitutional because there wasn’t enough medical evidence to support the state law. (Related: Arkansas Judge To Decide On Strict Abortion Clinic Regulations).

The abortion reversal pill’s website says its goal is to reverse the effects of a chemically induced abortion within the first 24 hours of taking mifepristone or RU-486. The reversal pill floods the woman’s body with progesterone to counteract the abortion pill and reports a 55 percent success rate of saving pregnancies.

As of July 1, 2017, Arizona’s abortion laws require a woman to receive state-directed counseling on the procedure, an ultrasound where she must wait 24 hours before choosing to abort, insurance coverage only in cases of threats to the woman’s health or life, and parental consent for minors, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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