Monday, September 14, 2009

Planned Parenthood Sues State Over New Abortion Restrictions

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Planned Parenthood Arizona has filed suit over a new set of abortion restrictions passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year, which included specific instructions regarding what a physician has to tell women seeking abortions and specific criteria that a judge must consider before allowing a minor to have an abortion without parental consent, as well as a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion.

Here's Planned Parenthood's release:

Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of several provisions in the omnibus anti-abortion law that threatens women’s access to health care in Arizona. The law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer in July of this year.

“Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to ensuring women and families in this state have access to the comprehensive reproductive care they need,” said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “This law puts the health and well being of more than half of our state’s residents at risk by restricting women’s access to comprehensive care. We believe the regulations should not be put into place until the court rules on the legality of this onerous law.”

This law does nothing but creates barriers, increases cost, and denies access to services and providers

for women who seek abortion care. It is designed to make accessing abortion care in Arizona more complicated while also making it difficult for medical providers to provide accessible, affordable care.

The lawsuit was filed in state court, and Planned Parenthood Arizona has asked the court to prevent the new restrictions from going into effect while the litigation is pending. Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to providing affordable access to health care for women and families and will continue to do so through this litigation process.

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