Planned Parenthood throws in the towelCharlie Butts – OneNewsNow – 11/16/2011 3:55:00 AM
Planned Parenthood has ended its legal attack on Arizona’s “Abortion Consent Act,” which had been held up in court since signed into law in September 2009.
The law, argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals in mid-June, prohibits non-physicians from performing surgical abortions and provides for women to be fully informed with accurate information on abortion including possible consequences 24 hours in advance. In addition, it protects health workers who object to participate on religious or ethical grounds and requires notarized parental consent for minors seeking abortions.
Steven H. Aden is an attorney with the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, one of the groups that defended the law.
“A woman’s right to make a fully informed choice is more important than Planned Parenthood’s desire to profit from abortions,” says Aden. “Without this legal roadblock, women will now be better protected — and so will pro-life medical professionals whom the law protects from being coerced into participating in abortions.”
The law also ensures that women receive information on abortion alternatives, long-term medical risks, and the probable gestational age of the preborn child at the time of the requested abortion.
Deborah Sheasby of the Center for Arizona Policy acted as co-counsel in the case. “Everyone deserves full and accurate information before undergoing any medical procedure,” she says. “These types of protections have been repeatedly upheld and are overwhelmingly supported by the public.”
In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld 24-hour waiting periods.
Joining in defense of the Arizona Abortion Consent Act were the Bioethics Defense Fund and the Life Legal Defense Foundation. The measure had been scheduled to go into effect on September 30, 2009, but lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood and by the Center for Reproductive Rights prevented its implementation.