New Arizona rules would limit abortion drug use

Arizona is moving to implement new abortion rules limiting the use of the most common abortion-inducting drug and requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospitals.

The rules require that the most common abortion-inducing drug be administered only at the FDA-approved dosage no later than seven weeks into a pregnancy. The usual dose is lower, decreasing the chance of complications and the cost, and used up to nine weeks.

The proposed rules published Monday by the Health Services Department were required under a 2012 law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. A portion of the law banning abortions after 20 weeks was struck down last year but the other provisions remain in effect.

The new regulations will go into effect in April.

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