Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Planned Parenthood Arizona Got Preliminary Injunction

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

When we reported on Planned Parenthood Arizona's lawsuit, Patti Caldwell said she hoped a Maricopa Superior Court judge would issue a preliminary injunction.

Well, according to the local daily, it looks like Planned Parenthood's chief operating officer for the most part got her wish:

A state judge has blocked implementation of key parts of a new Arizona law restricting abortion.
Judge Donald Daughton of Maricopa County Superior Court late Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction granting most of a request by Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider.

Daughton’s order allows a 24-hour waiting period to take affect, but blocks parts requiring that a woman see a doctor in person for advance disclosures before getting an abortion.

Other blocked provisions include a requirement that parental consents for a minor’s abortion be notarized and a ban on nurse practitioners performing abortions.

Other parts of the law still take effect Wednesday, pending a federal judge’s ruling on one provision not covered by Daughton’s order.

Since the lawsuit was filed in Phoenix, other folks have gotten in on the litigation action. The Alliance Defense Fund announced it filed a motion to intervene in support of the abortion-restriction laws signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in July. The Center for Arizona Policy joined in, although at the time we interviewed Cathi Harrod, she told us: "One of our top priorities is to make sure the law is adequately defended in the state and federal courts. There are a variety of ways we can participate, but I'm not going to tell you what those are."

The day we talked with her, CAP filed its own motion to intervene.

To quote Church Lady, a wise woman who could probably take Harrod down in a vat of Jell-O, "Isn't that special."

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