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PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARIZONA FILES LAWSUIT TO PROTECT WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

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Cynde Cerf, Communications and Marketing
602.263.4225, media@ppaz.org


Published: 06.30.11| Updated: 06.30.11

PHOENIX -- Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the constitutionality of the provisions in two bills that threaten women’s access to health care in Arizona. The two bills – House Bill 2416 and Senate Bill 1030 - were signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in April and are scheduled to go into effect on July 20.

“Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to ensuring women and families in this state have access to the comprehensive reproductive care they need,” said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona.  “We believe the regulations should not be put into place until the court rules on the legality of these onerous laws.”

For more than a decade Physician’s Assistants and Nurse Practitioners have played an important role in providing exemplary medication abortion care services to women in Arizona, especially in making care available in rural communities. By eliminating these trusted providers, the challenged laws would shut down abortion services altogether in Flagstaff and Yuma, forcing women to travel across the state to access basic healthcare.  They would also create scheduling delays and problems throughout the state.

These laws are designed to make accessing abortion care in Arizona more complicated while also making it difficult for medical providersto provide accessible, affordable care, especially in rural communities. Senate Bill 2416’s short-sightedness took all regulations that existed for surgical abortion and applied them to medication abortion. Legislators who supported this bill did not look at the specifics that relate to each service, ignoring defined best practices that already exist.

The lawsuit was filed in state court, and Planned Parenthood Arizona has asked the court to prevent the new restrictions from going into effect while the litigation is pending. Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to providing affordable access to health care for women and families and will continue to do so through this litigation process.

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Planned Parenthood Arizona, in state for more than 75 years, is the leading sexual health organization in Arizona. The organization provides health care, education and outreach services to more than 75,000 men, women, teens and parents annually. Planned Parenthood Arizona operates 14 health center locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Yuma. For more information, visit ppaz.org.

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