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9th U.S. Circuit: Doctors allowed to Arizona challenge abortion law

A decision filed Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows a group of Arizona doctors to challenge a state law banning abortions sought for fetal genetic disorders.

The decision paves the way for a trial.

The appellate panel said the doctors have legal standing because there is a credible threat they could end up being prosecuted over the 2021 state law.

That law made it a class 6 felony, with possible prison time, for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy if the mother seeks the procedure solely due to genetic abnormalities. 

Attorneys for the doctors argue the law's language, such as what constitutes a fetal abnormality, is vague 

The appellate judges have not addressed whether there is a constitutional right to an abortion, but acknowledged the potential harm to doctors.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.