Two women’s healthcare providers in Arizona have been forced to file a federal lawsuit because of new regulations that would severely limit a woman’s access to RU-486, the most popular abortion-inducing drug in the state. Arizona refuses to accept that existing laws support a woman’s right to choice – and is taking unconstitutional measures to change that.
The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called “abortion pill,” for use within seven weeks’ gestation. Doctors who have prescribed it later than that have made an off-label use which is not be allowed under Arizona’s law.
At issue in the case is a physician’s discretion to go “off-label” and use the drug as the doctor believes would be best for a woman seeking to end her pregnancy.
It seems all of these politicians should have followed their true passion – to be a gynecologist. It’s not enough that a doctor has deemed this course of action safe and best – lawmakers need to put in their two cents of course. Stay in your lane, guys.
“Arizona politicians have imposed restrictions that go against years of scientific research and doctors’ practical experience in yet another effort to block women’s access to safe and legal abortion,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, one of two groups representing the plaintiffs in the suit.
The lawsuit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on behalf of Planned Parenthood Arizona and Tuscon Women’s Center.
The restrictions on the drug were part of a law aiming to limit abortions in Arizona that was struck down by a federal court. The law was struck down, but the restrictions have remained intact. The Arizona House of Representatives also approved legislation that would pave the way for unannounced inspections of abortion clinics. There is literally nothing else to do in Arizona except worry about a women’s right to control her own reproduction, apparently.
Jezebel points out:
“Interesting side note—according to The New York Times, the unannounced inspection bill was written by the same Christian organization (The Center for Arizona Policy) that was one of the backers of the anti-gay bill that would have allowed businesses to cite “religious freedom” in order to refuse services to gay patrons.
It’s really scary that one religious group can affect so much change in a state like Arizona. Thanks to groups like Planned Parenthood who are willing to be vocal advocates – and stand up to unconstitutional actions that would severely hinder a woman’s right to choice.