Arizona abortion facilities have stopped killing unborn babies in abortions after a judge allowed a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban to go into effect Friday.
KOLD News 13 reports Planned Parenthood Arizona had to cancel a number of abortion appointments that it had scheduled for this week, although it did not say how many. Other state abortion businesses said they had to do the same.
The law protects unborn babies’ right to life by banning abortions except if the mother’s life is at risk. It is saving as many as 36 babies from abortion every day. For nearly 50 years, Arizona was not allowed to enforce the law, but the overturning of Roe in June changed that.
On Monday, however, Planned Parenthood Arizona president and CEO Brittany Fonteno said they appealed the judge’s ruling, arguing that the situation is confusing because the state also has a 15-week abortion ban.
“The court’s decision has allowed conflicting laws to take effect and has caused immediate confusion … as to the status of abortion access in Arizona,” Fonteno said. “This confusion has forced Planned Parenthood Arizona to pause abortion services and cancel appointments scheduled this week – meaning that members of our community once again have been and will continue to be denied medical care that they deserve and need while this decision is in effect. This is unacceptable.”
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Other Arizona abortion businesses expressed similar anger at having to cancel abortion appointments after the ruling Friday.
The Mirror reports staff at Camelback Family Planning in Phoenix said they rushed to do several late-term abortions last week in anticipation of the ruling. The abortion facility advertises abortions up to 24 weeks. By this stage, unborn babies are nearly fully formed, capable of feeling pain and viable outside the womb. The earliest surviving premature baby was born at 21 weeks and one day in 2020.
Here’s more from the report:
The doctors and nurses at Camelback Family Planning had an inkling last week that a court decision on abortion could come down. But they thought it would be a ban on abortions after 15 weeks into pregnancy. So, several of the abortions performed last week were for patients over 20 weeks along.
“We cleared our schedule to do as many of those later-term ones,” said [Ashleigh] Feiring, the nurse. So they postponed some patients less farther along until this week.
This week, however, Camelback is not aborting any unborn babies because of the new law.
Planned Parenthood, Camelback and others still are referring women to websites that sell abortion drugs and abortion businesses in other states, according to the reports.
However, some women will not travel or seek out dangerous abortion drugs online. They will choose life for their unborn babies instead. Extensive research and statements from experts on both sides of the abortion debate indicate that pro-life laws do stop abortions and save lives.
Meanwhile, pro-life leaders in Arizona are ramping up efforts to provide support to mothers and babies. The state is home to more than 40 pregnancy resource centers that provide free counseling, pregnancy tests, diapers, formula, cribs and other material support to help families in need.
Ashley Trussell of the Arizona Life Coalition said they also are developing and expanding a statewide network of ministries that provide material, emotional and spiritual support to pregnant women in difficult circumstances.
“We are doing everything we can to help women in need, to save unborn children and protect women from the trauma of abortion,” Trussell said last week in response to the ruling.
The coalition runs CarePortal for Life, a statewide network of churches and local partners that provide support to women and families and help fill gaps in community services.