The abortion giant Planned Parenthood just filed a massive new lawsuit against a series of pro-life Arizona laws that are saving unborn babies from abortion.
KJZZ Radio News reports Planned Parenthood Arizona filed the lawsuit Thursday, arguing that the abortion restrictions are unconstitutional.
The state laws that Planned Parenthood is challenging protect women’s safety as well as unborn babies’ lives.
One law requires that doctors perform abortions rather than less qualified medical staff, and another requires that a doctor meets with the patient in-person at least 24 hours prior to the abortion to receive information about the abortion, including risks and alternatives, assess any possible medical problems and answer questions. The third law requires that abortion facilities give women abortion drugs in-person rather than via a webcam.
Bryan Howard, president of the Arizona branch of Planned Parenthood, claimed the laws are “intrusive” and “medically unnecessary,” according to the Arizona Republic.
“For more than a decade, Arizona women have suffered a sustained, multi-front attack on their constitutional right to reproductive health care, led by anti-choice activist groups and their allies in Arizona state government,” the lawsuit states.
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But pro-life advocates contend that the laws do not hurt women, they just hurt the abortion industry. Cathi Herrod, president of the pro-life Center for Arizona Policy, told the local news that the lawsuit shows how the abortion industry puts “abortion over women’s health and safety.”
“All three laws are vital to ensuring women considering an abortion are able to make an informed choice,” Herrod told the Republic in an email. “We anticipate the state will mount a vigorous defense of these laws.”
These laws help protect unborn babies from abortion, and the abortion industry knows it. Studies have found that when women receive informed consent, such as the ability to see the ultrasound images of their unborn baby, they are more likely to choose life.
About half of all states have a waiting period of some kind, ranging from 24 hours to 72 hours between informed consent and the abortion. These waiting periods help ensure that women have time to consider the information and that they are not pressured into aborting their unborn babies.