PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona is moving to implement new abortion rules limiting the use of the most common abortion-inducting drug and requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospitals.
The rules require that the most common abortion-inducing drug be administered only at the FDA-approved dosage no later than seven weeks into a pregnancy. The usual dose is lower, decreasing the chance of complications and the cost, and used up to nine weeks.
The proposed rules published Monday by the Health Services Department were required under a 2012 law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. A portion of the law banning abortions after 20 weeks was struck down last year but the other provisions remain in effect.
The new regulations will go into effect in April.
FROM BRYAN HOWARD, PRESIDENT AND CEO, PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARIZONA
“For decades, Arizona was a state that protected a woman’s right to make personal decisions about her own health care. But for the last three years, we have been a state where politicians institute laws at the insistence of extreme ideological lobbying groups who do not provide medical services, and the result has been disastrous for women’s health. Recent laws have drastically reduced a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion in rural and medically underserved areas, while others have cost Arizonans hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to defend in court.
“Now the Arizona Department of Arizona Health Services, under the direction of Governor Jan Brewer, is requiring physicians to use an inferior, out-of-date method of care for medication abortion instead of the guidelines supported by the most trusted professional and scientific organizations, such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to forcing doctors in Arizona to administer medication abortion in a way that goes against the research-driven guidelines by experts in women’s health, these regulations would deprive many women of the option of medication abortion by banning it after seven weeks of pregnancy. The decision to end a pregnancy is personal and complex, but ultimately one that a woman must make, in consultation with her family, her faith and her health care provider.
“As a leading provider of women’s health care that insists on the highest standards of patient care, Planned Parenthood is considering every option available to us to ensure Arizona women’s health is protected in light of these deeply troubling regulations.”