Abortionists voluntarily dismiss challenge to law after loss in federal appeals court!
PHOENIX- Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and Center for Arizona Policy have appealed an Arizona judge'sorderto halt new state laws protecting the health and safety of women while a lawsuit filed byPlanned Parenthoodmoves forward in state court.At the same time, a Tucson abortion facility represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights is making the rare move of dropping its federal lawsuit against the same laws after both a district and appellate court rejected its request for an injunction. The Bioethics Defense Fund and Life Legal Defense Fund are co-counsel in both cases.
"We are pleased to see the abortionists drop their federal lawsuit," said Deborah Sheasby, legal counsel with the Center for Arizona Policy. "These types of protections have been repeatedly upheld and are overwhelmingly supported by the public. Everyone deserves full and accurate information before undergoing any medical procedure."
"If abortionists really cared about women's rights, they'd support laws that allow women to make fully informed choices instead of challenging these laws in court," added ADF Senior Legal Counsel Steven H. Aden. "We're appealing the injunction the state court granted to Planned Parenthood because these laws protect the health and safety of women. The protection of women should not be on hold while Planned Parenthood ties things up in court."
TheArizona Abortion Consent Actprohibits non-physicians from performing surgical abortions, provides for women to receive full and accurate information at least 24 hours before an abortion, protects health care workers who object to performing or facilitating abortions, and requires notarized parental consent for minors seeking abortions. The legislation also ensures that women receive information on abortion alternatives, long-term medical risks, and the probable gestational age of the preborn child at the time of the requested abortion.
The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld 24-hour waiting periods. In aHarris poll, 88 percent of adults said they support laws which require abortion providers to inform mothers of possible health risks and of abortion alternatives, 95 percent favor laws ensuring that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians, and 73 percent support laws requiring parental involvement in a minor's abortion. Anadditional pollfound that 87 percent of Americans believe health care workers should not be forced to participate in abortions.