Women’s health providers in Arizona halting abortions following Supreme Court ruling
Jun 24, 2022, 3:27 PM
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PHOENIX — Some women’s health providers in Arizona are halting abortions following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that stripped away constitutional protections for women and left decisions on their legality to the states.
Planned Parenthood Arizona said the state’s complex abortion laws forced it to discontinue services in an effort to protect patients and employees.
All Arizona abortions might now be outlawed except to save the mother’s life, based on a law enacted more than 100 years ago, before statehood.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said it’s reviewing the decision and called it a “developing situation.”
“Because of the crazy status of the laws that we have here in the state of Arizona, there’s a big question mark,” Chris Love, board chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said in a Twitter Spaces.
Family Planning Associates, whose clinic is located in central Phoenix, canceled all appointments as a result of the decision.
Appointments will be unavailable until further notice.
“We will be temporarily suspending all abortion services at Family Planning Associates while we assess the continued legality of abortion in Arizona,” they said in a statement.
The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
Pregnant women considering abortions already had been dealing with a near-complete ban in Oklahoma and a prohibition after roughly six weeks in Texas.
Clinics in at least seven other states — Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia — stopped performing abortions after Friday’s decision.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.