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
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .