Arizona Abortion Ban Blocked

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters after the Supreme Court questioned Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    A controversial Arizona state law that was set to go into effect Thursday banning abortion at 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy has been blocked by a panel of judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The polarizing law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, would have made it illegal for a woman to have an abortion at 20 weeks after her last menstrual period unless she is experiencing a dire and possibly life-threatening emergency. The appeal was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. Consideration of the appeal could take months.

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