The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling today siding with the Planned Parenthood abortion business in its legal battle to ignore FDA rulesand subject women to dangerous abortions by giving them the abortion drug outside the guidelines the FDA has put in place.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to overturn important health and safety rules the state legislature approved to protect women using the dangerous abortion drug RU 486. The abortion drug is responsible for the deaths of dozens of women worldwide, including several in the United States alone, and it has injured at least 1,100 women in the United States alone as of 2006 figures from the Food and Drug Administration.
Planned Parenthood Arizona’s lawsuit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court and it challenges two pro-life bills slated to take effect in 2011. The abortion business complains the bills would make abortions tougher to get in Arizona and would prohibit non-physicians from giving women the abortion drug — something the FDA recommends be limited to a licensed doctor.
A federal court has sided with women’s health over Planned Parenthood but now the federal appeals court has issued a decision today. The Ninth Circuit is an extremely liberal court that is frequently overturned and Arizona is expected to appeal the decision.
According to AP, Andrew Wilder, spokeswoman for Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, said the state intends to keep fighting to get the law implemented. Brewer is a staunch opponent of abortion.
“The state will continue to litigate the case in district court,” Wilder said.
Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod told LifeNews: “Once again, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ignored medical evidence and legal precedent by blocking the Arizona law, which requires abortion providers distribute the dangerous and deadly abortion pill in line with FDA protocol.”
“The other two Circuit Courts that have reviewed similar laws – the Fifth and the Sixth Circuits – have upheld this protocol, finding it constitutional. Yet a three-judge panel has prioritized convenience over safety by ignoring these decisions, along with all of the medical and legal evidence presented to the state legislature and the court,” Herrod added.
She continued: “The abortion pill, known as RU-486, was only approved by the FDA under rigorous post-market restrictions – a regulation known as Subpart H. To put this in perspective, out of almost 1,800 New Drug Applications approved between 1992 and 2011, only 70 were approved under Subpart H. Subpart H approvals are rare, and unlike drugs authorized under the normal approval process, the use and distribution of Subpart H drugs is intended to be restricted by the FDA.”
“It is truly tragic for our entire state, especially Arizona women, that this law will not be allowed to take effect – for now,” Herrod concluded.