From the article:
Arizona’s law bans abortion at an earlier gestational stage than similar laws recently enacted in the country (at least nine states have some form of abortion ban) and it bans abortion at a critical time when most women undergo prenatal testing to evaluate their own health and the status of a pregnancy. The ban would force a physician caring for a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to wait until her condition imposes an immediate threat of death or major medical damage before offering her the care she needs. The ban also contains no exceptions for a woman who receives the devastating diagnosis that her fetus will not survive after birth, thereby forcing women to continue to carry to term fetuses they know will die.
“This law forces a sick, pregnant woman to wait until she is on the brink of disaster before her doctor can provide her medically appropriate care,” said Dan Pochoda, legal director of the ACLU of Arizona. “We will continue the fight to protect women’s health and to ensure they can get the care they need.”
Governor Jan Brewer has signed the bill banning state funding towards Planned Parenthood in Arizona.
As someone who has previously utilized Planned Parenthood’s services when she didn’t have health insurance, words fail me.
Reproductive Health and Access Advocates,
HB 4117 has been scheduled to be heard in the House Agriculture Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. It is expected to pass out of this committee. HB 4117 would impose full ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) licensing on all facilities where 50 or more abortions are performed each year. This legislation singles out abortion from other medical procedures for additional and expensive regulation.
The anti-choice groups have already sent out alerts to their members regarding this bill. We need to make sure that we are activating our supporters as well. Here is what you can do right now to fight HB 4117:
- Call your state representative( IL Capitol Switchboard: 217-782-2000) and tell him/her to “vote NO on HB 4117”
- Send a letter to state representatives explaining your opposition to HB 4117.
To find out who your State Representative is go to:
Illinois Choice Action Team
The Illinois Choice Action Team is a group of volunteers committed to advancing NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission.
Signal boost. From Capital Fax:
“By a 13-0 vote, before a standing-room-only room of angry abortion-rights supporters clad in “Women are not livestock” T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with a cow, the panel advanced legislation putting new financial burdens on abortion clinics.
“The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville), would require abortion clinics to be retrofitted to resemble outpatient surgery centers, meaning equipment such as defibrillators and ventilators would be required for the first time while hallway and parking-lot dimensions would have to change. […]
“The House Agriculture Committee, stocked mainly by socially conservative Democrats and Republicans from Downstate, has been the conduit to get guns-rights and anti-abortion legislation to the House floor for years — a fact critics of Senger’s bill zeroed in on.”
Trust me, this has nothing to do with making abortions safer, and everything to do with further restricting and limiting them.
[Text: VOTE NO ON 26! AMENDMENT 26 COULD
- ban birth control pills and the IUD
- prevent women from utilizing assisted reproductive technology (like in vitro)
- ban abortion under all circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk
- cost Mississippi tax payers millions of dollars
AMEDMENT 26 GOES TOO FAR
Vote NO on Government Intrusion into the private decisions of Mississippi Families. www.VoteNoOn26.org, Mississippians for Healthy Families”.]
Ridiculous people in Mississippi are Ridiculous. If shit like this passes.. I might actually have to move out of MS for medical reasons.. so fucking ridiculous. This is why I hate religion//living in the bible belt aka the noose of idiocracy.
It has so many far-reaching consequences:
- It could also ban commonly used forms of contraception that many Mississippi women use - like the pill, the IUD, and ban important technologies that families count on, like in vitro fertilization.
- It would prevent life-saving treatments for pregnant women who face conditions like cancer.
- It sets out to ban all abortion in any circumstance, even in cases of rape or incest.
- And since this amendment affects over 9,000 Mississippi laws, it will have unintended consequences and costs for the state of Mississippi for years to come, in legal fees and other government spending
This is ridiculous. Signal boost!
Not just women. ALL people who are capable of becoming pregnant!
Ummm— a LOT of women use and need birth control for other reasons besides contraception. I take birth control because I have endomitriosis and a history of ovarian cysts. It also acts as a hormone balancer.
So yeah— VOTE NO guys.
ban birth control? what the FUCK?! ok all of this is just ridiculous
My goodness, this amendment is terrible on all levels.
FLAGSTAFF - Planned Parenthood says it’s ending abortion services in three Arizona cities to comply with state laws that placed restrictions on abortions.
Women no longer can get abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff and Yuma, starting Friday. Those clinics had been providing the service through medication.
The move came a week after an Arizona appeals court allowed key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortions to take effect. That includes a requirement that women see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion to hear about risks and alternatives.This is what happens, people.
Most of the current Arizona legislature and court kinda makes me feel all sorts of wtf. This is bullshit, AZ legislature and court! Bullshit!
State lawmakers have broad authority to impose new restrictions on abortion and who can perform the procedure, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The judges said that prohibiting anyone but a licensed physician from surgically terminating a pregnancy does not impose undue restrictions on a woman’s constitutional right to choose. Judge Peter Swann, writing for the unanimous court, said the fact that nurse practitioners are specifically trained to do the procedure and have a comparable safety record is legally irrelevant.
In their 44-page ruling, the judges also upheld laws that:
• require women to have a face-to-face meeting with the doctor who will perform the abortion at least 24 hours ahead of time, even if that means two trips to the clinic;
• allow medical professionals to refuse to perform abortions, provide certain contraceptives or dispense the “morning after” pill even to victims of rape;
• mandate that consent forms by parents allowing a child to get an abortion must be notarized.
Thursday’s ruling is a major victory for abortion foes, as it overturns an injunction issued two years ago by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton. He concluded that letting the restrictions take effect could cause “irreparable harm” to women.
But the decision, unless overturned, has even broader implications. It likely signals that Arizona courts will uphold several new restrictions on abortion that lawmakers enacted this year, including barring nurse practitioners from performing even medical abortions.
That is because the judges said only when a law places an “undue burden” on women does it violate their constitutional rights. The fact that it may place some burden on them, they concluded, is not enough.