New Abortion Restrictions Become Law in AZ

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Tough new abortion restrictions became law in Arizona on Monday.

Planned Parenthood tried to block provisions from two different state laws with separate lawsuits.

However, the state's largest abortion provider said it will not appeal a recent ruling allowing several measures to become law.

Planned Parenthood said it has already scaled back its abortion services in response to the new restrictions.

"Given the 'dire circumstances' of many women across the state and the Legislature's willingness to restrict abortion rights, we need to focus on patients right now, not politicians," Planned Parenthood CEO Brian Howard told the Associated Press.

The new restrictions include:

  • Women must have a face-to-face consultation with a doctor 24-hours before an abortion.
  • Doctors will not be required to give the "morning after pill" if it violates their personal beliefs.
  • Nurse practitioners are prohibited from performing surgical or non-surgical abortions.

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