Beth Otterstein, a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood Arizona’s clinic here, says patients sometimes break down and cry when they hear the news: If they want abortions, they now have to travel to Phoenix for a 15-minute consultation with a doctor and then stay overnight to have the procedure. It’s an expense that some can’t afford, and no other facility in the area provides abortions.Read More »
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New abortion restrictions are taking effect in Arizona in the wake of legal challenges that so far have failed to block provisions of state laws enacted this year and in 2009.Read More »
It has not been a good month for Planned Parenthood.
On Aug. 12, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled as constitutional a 2009 law that imposed a number of restrictions on abortion procedures, lifting a two-year-old injunction and opening the law for enforcement.
An appellate court ruling last week upholding a pair of 2009 abortion laws has led Planned Parenthood of Arizona to withdraw an attempt to have the courts block two laws created this year and end abortion services at seven clinics in rural Arizona.Read More »
WASHINGTON – A sharp drop in surgical abortion procedures in Arizona has been offset in recent years by a corresponding rise in nonsurgical procedures — the abortion pill.Read More »
Newly enacted restrictions on abortion services in Arizona are being put on hold temporarily while a judge considers a legal challenge.Read More »
Two new laws regulating abortion discriminate against women who want to use the abortion pill and physician assistants and nurses who dispense it, Planned Parenthood alleged Wednesday in court filings that seek to keep the new measures from taking effect.Read More »
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed an anti-abortion bill that would affect indirect taxpayer funding for the state's largest abortion provider and tighten a prohibition on university funding for abortion education.Read More »
Pro-life lawmakers looking to chip away at groups that help women get abortion services passed a bill Tuesday that essentially wipes away the ability to make tax-deductible contributions to organizations like Planned Parenthood Arizona.
Backers defended the legislation by saying Arizona law already prohibits the use of public funds for abortion. The bill, for them, reinforces this position.
I have had a pretty tough month, but it pales in comparison to those in need of a life-saving organ transplant.Read More »