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AZ House rejects bill to ban abortion pills

A bill banning the manufacturing or prescribing of medication that would cause an abortion has been struck down in the state’s House of Representatives. Michelle Udall was one of three Republican holdouts from her party, voting with Democrats to reject the bill.

"I am about as pro life as they come," Udall said. "However, in my research of some of these medications, they are used for other purposes, as well."

Udall of Mesa, with Regina Cobb of Kingman and Joanne Osbourne of Goodyear, voted against party lines. She cited the versatility of the targeted medications.  

“They’re used for women who have had a miscarriage, they’re also used to treat Cushing’s syndrome, and they have other uses,” Udall said.

According to the Department of Health Services, around half of abortions in Arizona are conducted using some form of medication.

Nick Sanchez is a senior producer for KJZZ's The Show. He joined the station as an intern during the spring of 2022, where he developed a passion for audio storytelling in the Valley.