"Dangerous" New Laws Force Planned Parenthood to End Abortions in Six Arizona Cities

Thanks to "dangerous" new laws passed by the Arizona Legislature this year -- and a recent court decision that overturned an injunction on laws passed in 2009 -- Planned Parenthood announced today that it will discontinue abortion services in six Arizona cities.

"Under the guise of making laws that make women safe, these restrictions will actually be more dangerous for rural, low-income women, delaying care and making access difficult," Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard says.

Under one of the new laws, stiffer regulations are placed on the early abortion-by-pill that subject the medication to the same regulations as surgical abortion.

In other words, because of the law, only doctors are allowed to administer the pill (a.k.a. hand it to a patient and tell them to swallow it -- not exactly rocket science). Physician's assistants and nurses are no longer allowed to hand a woman a pill, as they had been permitted in the past.

Doing so, officials from Planned Parenthood tell New Times, would block access of early-term abortions to women living in rural communities because it's hard to find doctors in those areas willing -- or trained -- to perform abortions.

"For the first time in more than 30 years, Arizona women will have far fewer health care options available to them," Howard says. "There will be no known provider of abortion outside of Metro Phoenix or Tucson."

The group says that by preventing early-term abortions by over-regulating the pill, it will lead to more late-term, potentially riskier abortions.

To put things into perspective as far as how much sense Arizona's abortion laws make, the Legislature also passed a bill this year that requires women getting an abortion to sign a document promising they aren't aborting the pregnancy based on sex, and another promising they aren't aborting their pregnancy based on race. Under the law, anyone caught doing so could be slapped with a class-three felony.

"There is no indication that [people aborting babies because of race or gender] is even an issue," Planned Parenthood Arizona spokeswoman Cynde Cerf tells New Times.

Women in Arizona can still get abortions through Planned Parenthood, but only at the organization's facilities in Glendale, Tucson, and Tempe. If you live in, say, St. Johns, good luck to you.

"Planned Parenthood will continue to fight these unconstitutional laws in court," Howard says. "And, while we fight these laws, we will have to do even more to reach out to Arizona women and families that need affordable family planning and prevention care."
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There are much better ways to help women and families than Planned Parenthood! And if PPH is so concerned with women and families, adhering to these very basic laws for safety shouldn't be a problem! 

Liz Felts
Liz Felts

Yet another reason why MEN should not be allowed to regulate women's bodies.. Pph is about responsible family planning! If given the correct information, and access to care abortions can be prevented.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

That's all Planned Parenthod is anyway...abortion promoters.   People can decide for themselves.


How many women do you suppose support this bad legislation, Liz? It would be simpler if it was a vast conspiracy limited to those with the Y chromosome, but the truth is that this is yet another mindfuck courtesy of bad religion, and like other manifestations of ignorance and spite is not limited to any particular gender. 


You must have concrete up there where you should have little grey cells. Planned Parenthood does a hell of a lot more than simply abortions. And you simple asshole, abortion is legal in the US, no matter what all you superstitious bible thumpers like to believe. So put your head back up your rectum and crawl back into your cave.


It is not ALL they do. For many women I knew growing up it was THE place to go to get birth control pills. They are also not "abortion promoters" but rather are/were "abortion providers"... there is a difference there though you may not be able to comprehend it.

Let God pitch in some cash
Let God pitch in some cash


Right again, young man... God hates a bitch for getting an abortion. However, the God dude will be cool with her giving birth to a human being she really has no use for or talent to parent.

Yell at it. Curse at it. Call it names. Beat it for no good reason. Neglect it. Leave it in the car and go smoke Meth - and for Heaven's sake, lock the doors and close the windows so no one will steal the car and child; they might give the kid a decent home, and you wouldn't want that.

Far as I'm concerned, until the fetus breaks water and starts drawing air on its own, its fate is the decision of the female in whom they are carried.

If you carry the kid full term, well, bitch, raise it and nurture it like any other animal on this planet. You ain't nothin' special.Put your stupid Bible away, let your Meth pipe cool off a minute, and try to do something right for a change... like raising a good child.Tough one, huh ?

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