Planned Parenthood Arizona Files Lawsuit Challenging Two State Bills

Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two bills that make it more difficult for women to get abortions, The Arizona Republic reports.

The bills were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.

According to Planned Parenthood, the new laws would get rid of abortion services in Flagstaff and Yuma and make it more difficult on women throughout rural Arizona, The Arizona Republic reports.

Essentially, the new laws would prohibit nurse practitioners from performing medication abortions. The new laws would also require clinics that perform medication abortions to adhere to the same state requirements as those that perform surgical abortions.

About half of the abortions in Arizona are performed through medication, Planned Parenthood told The Arizona Republic.

Planned Parenthood says it’s asking the courts to prevent the law from going into effect on its scheduled date of July 20, according to The Arizona Republic.

"What we're specifically contesting are aspects of the legislation about nurse practitioners and physicians assistants providing this care, even though they have been providing this care in Arizona for over a decade with exemplary quality and safety ratings," Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, told The Arizona Republic.

"There is no medical evidence that they should be prohibited from providing the care. And we know that given the shortage of physicians willing to provide this care, it will have a significant impact and place a burden on patients," Howard added.

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