An Arizona U.S. District Court Judge upheld an Arizona State law requiring parental consent for minors seeking an abortion, ending a preliminary injunction and making AZ the 33rd state to implement a parental consent law. Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern AZ opposed the law and won a preliminary injunction last year, on the grounds that it did not adequately ensure the confidentiality of girls’ identities – especially in rural counties where judges and court staff were likely to know the girls and their families.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights supporters oppose parental consent laws in any state, on the grounds that they:
-Block young women’s access to abortions under the guise of parental rights
-Do not exempt rape victims, but prolongs the trauma of rape with red tape
-Don’t allow for consent by non-parental primary care givers – such as grandparents
-Ignore legitimate fears of minors who choose not to inform parents
-Encourage deferring abortion until the 2nd trimester, which is medically risky
-Limit the ability of doctors to provide medically indicated care
-Ignore practical difficulties in states with few courts and fewer abortion providers
Media Resources: Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona http://www.ppcna.org/pubaff/parental_consent.htm, Kaiser Daily Repro Health Report - August 14, 2001
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .