Starting today and thanks to a Federal District Court seeing through a last ditch effort by Planned Parenthood to stop it, several common sense health and safety standards are now in effect that further protect women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.
CAP President Cathi Herrod put it best: “When Planned Parenthood loses, women win.”
Sponsored by Senator Kimberly Yee and signed into law in 2012 as part of the Mother’s Health and Safety Act, these standards require that:
- The abortion pill must be dispensed in line with Federal Food and Drug Administration protocol, which requires the pill only be dispensed in the first seven weeks of a pregnancy. Currently, abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood ignore this protocol and distribute the abortion pill through nine weeks.
- Doctors who perform surgical abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
- Any time an ambulance is needed at an abortion clinic, the incident must be reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- Signs must be posted in abortion clinics informing women that it is illegal for anyone to coerce them into having an abortion.