Planned Parenthood sues Arizona for abortion restrictions

Planned Parenthood of Arizona filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s Attorney General, Medical Board, Department of Health Services and the State Board of Nursing in federal court claiming a number of Arizona abortion restrictions are unconstitutional.

Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood called Arizona’s laws “intrusive measures.” Currently, Arizona law does not allow nurse practitioners or physicians’ assistants to provide abortions. Only doctors can perform the procedure. Patients are also required to see a doctor in-person 24 hours before the procedure. Providers also are banned from prescribing abortion pills via telemedicine.

Planned Parenthood claimed in a press release that Arizona’s laws have contributed to extended waiting times for abortion services and a decline in abortion clinics. The group claims that the laws have left 80 percent of Arizona counties with no access to abortion services.

“Arizona is routinely ranked the most pro-life state in the country because of our sensible, compassionate laws that ensure all women are informed of their health care choices, while protecting the lives of the most vulnerable in society,” the AZGOP argued in a press release. “With this dangerous lawsuit, Planned Parenthood is threatening to reverse policies that put women and children ahead of politics, revealing just how out of touch the nation’s largest abortion provider is with Arizona values.”

6 Comments

  1. Planned Parenthood of Arizona can go pound sand! Only in the cases of rape, incest, or the mother’s life is at stake should abortion be considered. There’s a plethora of birth control accouterments available which, when used, prevent pregnancy. The fact of the matter is that way too many people are flat irresponsible, figuring that major surgery is preferable to using condoms, intrauterine devices, and swallowing a birth control pill the same time every day, etc., because such responsible interventions interrupt their “magic of the moment” mentality for having unprotected sex, all which speaks volumes for their immense stupidity and irresponsibility. If one is so hellbent on having sexual freedom without consequences of becoming a parent, get a tubal ligation or a vasectomy, please. Grow up! Accept responsibility for your actions!

    • Valantino,
      You said that Perfectly !
      Make those devices more accessiable and Teach that having sex will result in Pregnancy!
      and unwanted babies
      We want more Wanted Loved Babys
      Not abused and aborted

    • Please understand that whenever you identify yourself as being “pro-choice,” or whenever you make that exception for rape, what that really translates into is you being able to stand before me, look me in the eye, and say to me, “I think your mother should have been able to abort you.”

      Rebecca Kiessling

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