Arizona proposing ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy

Judges consider Arizona's abortion ban


Federal appeals judges in San Francisco will hear arguments today on Arizona's ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.  
A federal judge had refused to block the ban in June, ruling that it doesn't impose a substantial obstacle to being able to have abortions because women still have time to make decisions.
U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said the ban is only a regulation, not a flat prohibition. But opponents contend it's unconstitutional because some women couldn't have abortions before viability.  
Nine other states also have 20-week bans, but the Arizona ban is the earliest because it uses a different starting point to calculate a fetus' age.
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