Planned Parenthood to end abortions in Flagstaff

2011-08-18T12:48:00Z 2011-08-18T13:20:27Z Planned Parenthood to end abortions in FlagstaffBy HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services Arizona Daily Sun

GLENDALE -- Stung by last week's appellate court ruling, Planned Parenthood will stop offering abortions at seven of the 10 Arizona locations -- including Flagstaff.

Bryan Howard, president of the organization, said the decision, effective Friday, involves more than just complying with the court's ruling that a variety of restrictions placed on abortion providers by lawmakers in 2009 are legal.

He said that ruling, if upheld, undermines efforts by Planned Parenthood to fight an even broader curb on the practice enacted just this year: a ban on specially trained nurse practitioners from offering even non-surgical abortions. So Planned Parenthood is dropping its legal bid to bar the state from enforcing that law.

The net result, said Howard, is both surgical and medical abortions from Planned Parenthood will be available only at its locations in Glendale, Tempe and one of its Tucson sites.

Including Flagstaff, there will be no more abortions in Yuma, Prescott Valley, Goodyear, Chandler and at specific locations in both Phoenix and Tucson. He said, though, all the sites will remain open for other services, including family planning which Howard said becomes more important than ever with the curbs.

Flagstaff offered medical abortions, or the so-called "abortion pill" at its storefront clinic on South Plaza Way.

Howard said, though, that Planned Parenthood will continue with its legal challenges to both the 2009 and 2011 laws.

 

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(38) Comments

  1. GeorgeW724
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    GeorgeW724 - August 26, 2011 7:10 pm
    Freedom: You are now giving the out-of-the-womb argument. The only restrictions you would place if the abortion is more a risk to the mother than not having an abortion. At no point would you restrict an abortion, even with a fully viable child, just to protect the unborn.
  2. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 25, 2011 7:59 pm
    Even if the question was bad, you should have at least answered your own question when should the unborn be protected. Can you answer that?"

    Yes. When the woman, or couple, or she and her priest, minister, rabbi, imam, medicine man, etc. decide that the "unborn" should be protected, not when the Government does, or when you do.

  3. GeorgeW724
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    GeorgeW724 - August 25, 2011 3:55 pm
    Ok, when should abortions be illegal? And I don't mean it's illegal because the abortion is unsafe to the mother but that's it's killing a human being.
    When I said, "Out of womb" that the interpretation I get from Pro-Choicers when they only talk about the safty of the mother but no talk about the unborn. Even you didn't bring it up. Even if the question was bad, you should have at least answered your own question when should the unborn be protected. Can you answer that?
  4. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 25, 2011 3:44 pm
    KMK123 said: "If you've ever seen an ultrasound or studied that process through which life develops it might change your view on whether or not a child is alive"

    I have seen them and studied the process. In fact, I stated earlier that even an individual egg or sperm cell is alive. Abortion ends life and contraception prevents its development. I think each individual has the responsibility to determine what that means to them and how to act on it--not have it imposed on them.
  5. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 25, 2011 3:39 pm
    KMK123 said: "FreedomLuvR- you're seriously going to argue that dr's should be required to terminate a pregnancy when they feel it is morally wrong."

    Not really, I'm saying if doctors get a choice then so do patients. If abortion (pro or con) comes down to individual moral arguments, then everyone gets to choose for themselves what to do, right? And by the way, a doctor or pharmacist is not absolutely free to deny legal proceedures or products to patients.
  6. KMK123
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    KMK123 - August 25, 2011 2:44 pm
    FreedomLuvR- you're seriously going to argue that dr's should be required to terminate a pregnancy when they feel it is morally wrong. If you've ever seen an ultrasound or studied that process through which life develops it might change your view on whether or not a child is alive. Dr's have seen the brain activity at 3 weeks after conception and heartbeats before that. They should be told that they have to end that life?
  7. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 25, 2011 1:51 pm
    GeorgeW724: I don't hear this "outside the womb" argument from Pro-choicers. And the question of "when life begins" is different than when abortion is legally allowed. Your post simply introduces a red-herring to try and discredit the pro-choice position, and that itself is neither logical or rational.

    GeorgeW724 said: "For Pro-Choicers: When does life begin? I'm waiting for a logical and rational answer. When the child is outside the womb doesn't cut it."

  8. GeorgeW724
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    GeorgeW724 - August 25, 2011 10:40 am
    For Pro-Choicers: When does life begin? I'm waiting for a logical and rational answer. When the child is outside the womb doesn't cut it. If you a premature birth you would consider it a child but the same developed child in the womb wouldn't be since it's still in the womb. Not logial or rational.
  9. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 25, 2011 10:21 am
    So doctors should have a right to make personal moral decisions in this matter, but patients don't? biologically, an egg or sperm cell is "alive". Maybe we need to have a system where every pregnancy must be registered with the state and monitored. Any termination of the pregnancy would be investigated as a possible criminal act. How about a law that criminalizes any behavior that might endanger a fetus?

    KMK123 said: "Who better to understand how alive a child is than a dr? "
  10. KMK123
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    KMK123 - August 23, 2011 4:28 pm
    I have a child who has medical problems. Even simple surgical procedures have to be done by the surgeon. Why should women be any different. And I do not think it is JUST because of the "risk" (which was people protesting at her house??) There are a lot of Dr's who won't do it because they understand when life begins and do not feel morally right about it. Who better to understand how alive a child is than a dr?
  11. mountainwench
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    mountainwench - August 23, 2011 2:10 pm
    Someone who is truly "pro-life" would spend all their time, energy and money working to provide excellent health care for pregnant women and their children. Also, free or close to free birth control should be available to anyone that desires it. In addition, a true "pro-life" person would work to provide free or very low cost quality day care to all children that need it. If these were all available we would virtually eliminate the need for abortion.
  12. Flagstaff Lawyer
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    Flagstaff Lawyer - August 23, 2011 1:00 pm
    Annabella Lwin said: "I am looking for the interview and the quote that I remember well."If you can find a transcript of this alleged interview (i.e., not just an out-of-context quote), I would be very interested in reading it.

  13. Annabella Lwin
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    Annabella Lwin - August 22, 2011 6:45 pm
    Flagstaff Lawyer said: "...I must point out that this statement is absolutely false."

    No, it is not. William J. Brennan Jr. retired from the court in 1990. Before his death, he was asked why he ruled in favor of abortion. He stated that at the time, scientists from around the world were warning of a human population explosion that would threaten us all. He said that was what helped him make his decision.

    I am looking for the interview and the quote that I remember well.
  14. Flagstaff Lawyer
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    Flagstaff Lawyer - August 22, 2011 4:28 pm
    Annabella Lwin said: "A Supreme Court Justice who ruled to make abortion legal said he made his decision based on reducing the population, not on our Constitution. Totally bereft of morality."I'm not going to get involved in an abortion debate, but I must point out that this statement is absolutely false.
  15. ghostrider
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    ghostrider - August 22, 2011 1:21 pm
    Goodbye Planned Parenthood. Hello to the hidden dirty little offices and the wire hangers.
  16. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 22, 2011 11:37 am
    I like the ideas of having laws based not in individual choice, privacy, or autonomy, but on biblically-derived moral values. What could go wrong with that?
  17. FreedomLuvR
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    FreedomLuvR - August 22, 2011 11:35 am
    Annabella Lwin said: "A Supreme Court Justice who ruled to make abortion legal said he made his decision based on reducing the population, not on our Constitution. Totally bereft of morality."

    Citation please.

  18. Annabella Lwin
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    Annabella Lwin - August 20, 2011 9:45 am
    What an inconvenience. Now you have to drive over 100 miles to get your unborn child murdered.

    "The world, our country and our state simply cannot afford more mouths to feed".

    That statement is commonly repeated as justification for the 60 million innocent unborn that have been murdered in the U.S. A Supreme Court Justice who ruled to make abortion legal said he made his decision based on reducing the population, not on our Constitution. Totally bereft of morality.
  19. joe
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    joe - August 20, 2011 7:38 am
    I am for the rights of women to make their own private health care decisions between themselves and their doctors. The anti abortion crowd is all about big government intruding into the health decisions of women. This is another part of the hypocricy of the CONservative idealogy. Keep fighting for a woman's right to choose.
  20. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 1:02 am
    Guess we are going to have a hefty amount of backdoor abortions again. Anti-choicers will now have the blood of the divided cells and the actual living now dead mothers on their hands. That is soooo much better than having legal medical facilities.
    Good job anti-choicers! To cause more death is totally pro-life!
  21. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 1:01 am
    And how about those women that will die if they carry out a pregnancy? Should they be forced to die for the need of control of women by men and religion? How is that pro-life at all? Already, knowing you can't live if you have that child, and then being told "Oh. By the way. You're going to be forced to carry out the pregnancy, killing both you and the child. Enjoy the last of your life that will no doubt be painful and full of misery, dread and despair.". Way to go anti-choice!
  22. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 12:53 am
    Every person that is anti-choice, and has harmed women with this should be forced to pay their medical, and should pay for the child's food, shelter, clothes, education and everything else that it, and it's mother is going to need. If you say that's unfair, and you were against abortion, well too bad. You forced this on a woman, now pay up!
  23. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 12:51 am
    The other aim of this is due to an entity based on faith. So by forcing religious beliefs on others, how does that make fundamentalist Christians any different than fundamentalist Islam? Forcing woman into being property is bad, regardless of what religious deity you choose to worship. When a religion forces anything harmful on an individual, it's wrong. Christians are not exempt from this.
  24. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 12:47 am
    The poor being forced to have children? Then we need to raise taxes to take care of them. If this is to be forced on woman, then people need to be responsible for it. They need to pay for the doctors, hospital, and pay to raise the child so it doesn't end up being born, only to die from disease, cold and hunger. That's something I've noticed. People only seem to care about a human life when forcing a woman to be pregnant. After the child is born, they could care less about it.
  25. JMStrunk
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    JMStrunk - August 20, 2011 12:44 am
    So a woman can't afford the child, and gives it up {After being emotionally, physically and financially decimated by having the child.}. Well great. That kid will now grow up with no solid family in a broken, underfunded system that is constantly having cuts taken out of it. The education in that sort of life is near impossible to attain. College is out of grasp. You are kicked to the curb at 18, job with a place to live, or no. Nice. I bet those children are so grateful for all that.
  26. His10Laws
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    His10Laws - August 19, 2011 11:19 am
    Wow! Praise the Lord for this amazing news! No more legal murder of babies in Flagstaff. A few months ago I checked and there were over 350 babies murdered at the Flagstaff office in the calendar year. And, all were elective (none were for medical reasons). Their hearts begin beating at 3 1/2 weeks.
  27. longtimer
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    longtimer - August 19, 2011 8:47 am
    In a state that is destroying public education, ending women and childrens health care programs, and medicare in general, I wonder just what it is those happily patting themselves othe back about this "success" intend to do with more, unwanted children in this state?
    Yes, abortion is not the most desirable means of family planning, and there are certainly better preventative measures, but it is as yet perfectly legal. The world, our country and our state simply cannot afford more mouths to feed
  28. flagmom4
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    flagmom4 - August 19, 2011 7:47 am
    Not a great thing for the women of Flagstaff, or Arizona. Perhaps we should put our daughters on birth control as soon as they begin to menstruate, just in the event they are made to have sex against their will (Raped), by someone they know, a family member, or stranger. Abortion is a medical procedure...safe, and sometimes necessary. It really should not be political, it really is a choice..If I miscarry a fetus at 10 weeks, am I a murderer?
  29. eb
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    eb - August 19, 2011 6:25 am
    The statistics don't lie: abortion keeps the crime rate down.
  30. ninbin
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    ninbin - August 18, 2011 9:59 pm
    This is unthinkable. The women of the entire region of Northern Arizona have lost a basic human right right today. We can no longer choose a valid, legal medical procedure unless we have the money to travel a ridiculous distance and stay there for at least two days. I am heartbroken and shocked at the thoughtless, careless responses above. Arizona should be ashamed of itself.
  31. regularguy
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    regularguy - August 18, 2011 8:10 pm
    Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life,this has got to disturb you. To be on a path where someone other than the individual can determine what someone does with their body,is truly frightening. How far can it be before we're being told that we can,t,or must,have a child or children? These are not decisions that should be made by any legal or government entity. We need only look to China to see what government control over your body is like. Its chilling when you see it hit so close to home.
  32. djonesrn
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    djonesrn - August 18, 2011 6:05 pm
    I'm soooo happy to hear this! I'm sick and tired of hearing "women have a right to do what they want to their bodies"...well go ahead, but you have no right killing an unborn child who has rights! Millions of precious babies have been cut up, injected with salt, etc. Who do you think God is listening to...those babes crying in pain, or those women saying "I have a right to do what I want with my body". I'm a woman and very glad to hear this news!!!
  33. Irvinev10
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    Irvinev10 - August 18, 2011 4:13 pm
    I am a woman, and I find this to be fantastic news. Women deserve much better than abortion.
  34. flgstf
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    flgstf - August 18, 2011 3:30 pm
    As a man, this is truly a terrible situation. I'm a proud father, but I have the financial and sociological means to have a child. More and more, our system of rewarding unfit parents with more financial assistance for every child born will only grow and increase our governments fiscal issues. More importantly, the real issue here is a woman’s right to her own body. By the way, this right has not been taken away completely, home abortions will increase with no other safe option available. Tragic
  35. greatlakesgal
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    greatlakesgal - August 18, 2011 2:55 pm
    As a woman, I'm sick and tired of the world's problems being blamed on women 'popping out' children. Why can't men keep their pants zipped? If I want to end a pregnancy it's MY business. Keep out of my uterus.
  36. flaggirl421
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    flaggirl421 - August 18, 2011 2:50 pm
    I agree it is a sad day, but I don't agree that it is ALL men trying to take away rights from women. I think it is ignorant PEOPLE in general that are taking away this right from others to choose what is best for themself. In addition I think a lot of the time this decision is made between a couple and not just the female half. It is really unfortunate that this had had to happen. Upsetting from many aspects. PRO CHOICE!!!!!
  37. Flag
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    Flag - August 18, 2011 1:58 pm
    This is a great day. If women and men take the necessary precautions, we would not have to snuff out life.
  38. holmgard
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    holmgard - August 18, 2011 1:08 pm
    Very sad day indeed. What gives men the right to tell women what to do with their own bodies? Women should lobby for similar controls over men's bodies when it comes to reproduction, and give them a taste of their own medicine. How about forcing deadbeat dads to get sterilized?
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