Hearing scheduled on request to block Arizona abortion law

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge will hold a June 23 hearing to consider blocking implementation of a recently passed Arizona law that would require doctors to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion.

The judge scheduled the hearing at the request of abortion providers who filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

The providers' lawsuit contends the law violates their First Amendment rights by forcing them to repeat a state-mandated message against their medical judgment.

Proponents of the law say doctors can give a woman a drug known as progesterone to stop an abortion after she has taken the first of two medications needed to complete the procedure.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be reversed.

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