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A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Supreme Court will not hear Arizona abortion law appeal

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By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Arizona's appeal of a lower-court ruling that declared unconstitutional a state law banning abortions beginning at 20 weeks of fetal gestation, meaning the restrictive measure is struck down.

The Arizona law, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in 2012, had been considered one of the toughest in the United States in imposing limits on abortion.

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