Parts of Arizona abortion law face court challenge

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PHOENIX -- A newly enacted Arizona law that imposes restrictions on abortions is being challenged in state and federal court.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona sued in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Monday, while the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tucson on behalf of abortion providers and others.

Both suits challenge the constitutionality of provisions and ask the courts to block implementation when the law takes effect on Sept. 30.

Provisions being challenged include ones allowing only physicians to perform surgical abortions, requiring abortion providers to provide specified information to women 24 hours before getting an abortion and restricting when a provider can accept payment.

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