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Following CEO’s resignation, Planned Parenthood of Arizona drops lawsuits against state

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has dropped its lawsuit against Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich, which sought to have several state regulations on abortion overturned. The suit challenged laws which mandated only physicians commit abortions, banned abortion pills dispensed via telemedicine, and required women to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion. Despite dropping the suit, the abortion business is still pressing judges to overturn the laws.

In addition, the organization announced on October 24 the resignation of Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard spent 36 years working for the abortion chain, 23 of which were with PP Arizona.

The organization filed paperwork to drop its lawsuit earlier this week, without explanation, with U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps. However, Planned Parenthood reiterated its opposition to the common-sense restrictions. “The status of this lawsuit does not change the fact that harmful laws like telemedicine bans, advance practice clinician bans, and mandatory waiting periods push abortion access out of reach for far too many people,” Lola Bovell, a vice president at Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.

Alice Clapman, an attorney for Planned Parenthood, told Capitol Media Services that she still hopes Judge Zipps will take action in their favor. “When states restrict abortion under the guise of women’s health they have to actually produce evidence that the restrictions enhance patient safety,” Clapman said. In its lawsuit, however, Planned Parenthood may have inadvertently admitted its true complaint: since the pro-life laws were enacted, the organization has committed 40% fewer abortions in the state, a significant loss for the abortion industry and a win for women and their children.

READ: Whistleblower: Planned Parenthood of Arizona refused to report suspicion of sexual abuse

Capitol Media Services reports:

Planned Parenthood said the laws have had an effect, including the closure of clinics in Yuma, Goodyear, Prescott Valley and Chandler. And the Flagstaff clinic can provide abortion services only one day a week.

Bryan Howard, who was president of Planned Parenthood Arizona until retiring at the end of last month, said the cumulative result is that the number of abortions performed dropped from between 9,000 and 10,000 a year a dozen years ago to fewer than 6,500 when the lawsuit was filed in 2019.

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, told the Catholic News Agency that these restrictions are hardly controversial. “It’s a great day for Arizona women and for preborn children. Planned Parenthood challenged laws that basically provided for women’s health and safety,” she said. “The laws that were challenged by Planned Parenthood were all common-sense regulations that would apply to most any other medical procedure, so it’s very good news that they dropped this lawsuit.”

Americans overwhelmingly support heavier restrictions on abortion, such as limiting abortion to the first trimester and requiring waiting periods before abortion. Ultrasounds have long been common practice prior to abortion to determine gestational age (aiding the abortion facility in determining type and price of procedure) and to rule out complications like ectopic pregnancy. Women are dying from legal abortions, in larger numbers than the abortion industry would have the public believe, and therefore, disallowing anyone other than a licensed physician to commit an abortion is a safety measure to protect the women that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers claim to care about.

Planned Parenthood has promoted telemedicine abortions (via the abortion pill) for quite some time now, despite the obvious danger involved in giving women abortion pills without an in-person exam first. At least 24 women have died from taking the abortion pill, while hundreds of others have hemorrhaged so severely that they’ve needed blood transfusions. At least 4,000 adverse events have been reported to the FDA, including hemorrhage, excruciating abdominal pain, and life-threatening infections… and this does not include the nearly four million preborn children who have been killed by the abortion pill regimen since its approval. Yet Planned Parenthood is eager to ignore best medical practice such as ultrasounds, testing, and a physical exam before dispensing the pills. This risks women’s lives.

Former CEO Bryan Howard had previously complained about ultrasound legislation, noting that it has led to fewer abortions being committed, meaning women have “had their life substantially disrupted.” He also falsely claimed to provide prenatal care, and opposed legislation banning discriminatory abortions committed based on the race or sex of the child.

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