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Abortion suits hit courts Sept. 29, a day before law kicks in

Preliminary hearings will take place Sept. 29 for two lawsuits filed Sept. 14 challenging a new state law that would restrict abortions in Arizona.

Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit at the state level in the Maricopa County Superior Court. At the national level, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Both organizations are challenging the constitutionality of the restrictions the law would place on abortions.

The hearings will take the day before the new laws are scheduled to go into effect.

Jolinda Nestor, spokeswoman of Planned Parenthood Arizona, said her organization is hoping the judge will place either a full or partial injunction on the law.

“We’re hoping to receive an injunction from this hearing, which would hold off the pieces of the law (Planned Parenthood Arizona is challenging) from going into effect until after the lawsuit is finished,” Nestor said.

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