Arizona Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn New Pro-Life Laws Limiting Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 14, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Arizona Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn New Pro-Life Laws Limiting Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 14
, 2009

Phoenix, AZ ( — The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Arizona has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a slate of new pro-life laws designed to reduce abortions in the state. Gov. Jan Brewer signed the package of new bills into law in July that banned partial-birth abortions and helps women, teens and medical staff.

The first measure Brewer signed , HB 2400, creates a state ban on partial birth abortions so local prosecutors can make sure the federal partial-birth abortion ban can be better enforced.

The second bill, HB 2564, would protect women, parents, children, and the civil rights of health care providers.

That legislation calls for informed consent before abortions along with a 24-hour waiting period, parental consent requirements, a prohibition on non-doctors doing surgical abortions, and of conscience for all health care providers, including pharmacists, on abortion and abortion drugs.

Brewer also signed SB 1175, a bill to ban non-physicians from doing abortions in the state — important because a nurse at Planned Parenthood has been putting women’s health at risk by doing surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of the provisions in the omnibus anti-abortion law that it claims "threatens women’s access to health care in Arizona."

Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona said the pro-woman, pro-life laws "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" and "we believe the regulations should not be put into place until the court rules on the legality of this onerous law.”

Although not listed as a quote in the abortion businesses’ press statement, PPAZ says the law "creates barriers, increases cost, and denies access to services and providers for women who seek abortion."

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.

Cathi Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, one of the pro-life groups that lobbied for the omnibus measure, emailed about the lawsuit.

“The Arizona abortion laws challenged today protect women, children, parents, and the civil rights of health care workers," she said. “The law simply clarifies and updates current Arizona abortion law to remedy real-world problems. I am fully confident that the law will be upheld in state court as each measure meets constitutional standards."

The new laws are scheduled to take effect on September 30 unless a judge issues the injunction Planned Parenthood seeks.

Related web sites:
Center for Arizona Policy –
Arizona Right to Life –
Arizona Legislature –
Arizona Catholic Conference –

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