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.