Two AZ Planned Parenthood Clinics Resume Abortion Services
Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPAZ) announced that it will continue offering abortion services at two clinics near Phoenix. The clinics temporarily halted abortion services after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled to uphold a law that only a physician can provide medical services, which took effect in August. Previously PPAZ permitted medicinal abortions to be conducted by a physician assistant and surgical abortions by a nurse practitioner.
Nevertheless, PPZA President Bryan Howard lamented the shortage of abortion clinics in rural Arizona. He stated, "That means rural Arizona women must still travel to metro Phoenix and Tucson and face significant burdens as a result. If women can find their way to us, we have staff to serve them." Howard also noted that anti-abortion protesters have been harassing the some of the staff of PPAZ clinics at their homes.
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 12/19/11; AP 12/15/11
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .