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
12/19/2013 Pro-Choice Democrat Wins VA Attorney General Race - Pro-choice state Senator Mark Herring (D) is the new attorney general of Virginia, defeating State Senator Obenshain (R) who conceded the race - after a vote recount - yesterday.
This is a huge victory for women's reproductive health and rights. . . .
12/19/2013 Rep. Lee Introduces Bill to End Federal Funding of Abstinence Education - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced a bill - Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act of 2013 (HR 3774) - this week that would end federal funding of abstinence-only programs and support comprehensive sexuality education.
"We need to get serious about educating our young people about sex," said Lee. . . .