Planned Parenthood Drops Legal Challenge to Arizona Pro-Life Law Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 4, 2020   |   6:15PM   |   Phoenix, Arizona

In another victory for life this week, the Planned Parenthood abortion chain dropped its challenge against several Arizona pro-life laws that protect mothers and babies from the violence of abortion.

Capitol Media Service reports attorneys for the abortion chain did not give the court a reason for ending the lawsuit when they filed paperwork Tuesday.

The lawsuit challenged several pro-life state laws, including a 24-hour waiting period that ensures women are not rushed into an abortion, a requirement that abortions be performed by licensed physicians and another requiring that abortion drugs be provided during an in-person visit rather than through telemedicine.

“Abortion is a life-altering decision, and no woman should be rushed or pressured into it,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Harle. “That’s why we are pleased that Planned Parenthood has notified the court that it wants to drop its flawed challenge to Arizona’s common-sense protections for women, which are similar to those the U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld.”

Pro-life advocates suspect that Planned Parenthood dropped the lawsuit because it likely would lose the case, especially now that the U.S. Supreme Court has a strong conservative majority.

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Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit last year. However, some of its own lawyers admitted that courts have upheld similar pro-life laws in the past, according to the report.

They also inadvertently admitted that pro-life laws do save lives. Here’s more from the report:

Planned Parenthood said the laws have had an effect, including the closure of clinics in Yuma, Goodyear, Prescott Valley and Chandler. And the Flagstaff clinic can provide abortion services only one day a week.

Bryan Howard, who was president of Planned Parenthood Arizona until retiring at the end of last month, said the cumulative result is that the number of abortions performed dropped from between 9,000 and 10,000 a year a dozen years ago to fewer than 6,500 when the lawsuit was filed in 2019.

Harle said many women facing difficult circumstances believe abortions are their only option, and they do not know about the resources available to them and their babies. Laws like Arizona’s 24-hour waiting period and informed consent requirements help ensure that women know about those resources and have time to consider them before making a final decision about ending their babies’ lives.

“Women who undergo abortions without adequate time to process the serious consequences and come to a place of certainty are much more likely to experience negative mental health issues,” Harle said. “Our client, Choices Pregnancy Centers, understands this well and is one of many organizations in Arizona that will continue to provide compassionate help to women facing unplanned pregnancies or grief after abortion.”

Abortion facilities sometimes misinform or even lie to women about the development of their unborn babies, abortion risks and resources available to mothers who choose to parent or make an adoption plan. Killing unborn babies in abortions is a billion-dollar industry. Planned Parenthood reported more than 345,000 abortions and $1.6 billion in revenue last year.

Meanwhile, pro-life nonprofit pregnancy centers provided help to nearly 2 million mothers and babies in 2019 alone, providing cribs, diapers, maternity clothes, parenting classes, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and more.