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BREAKING NEWS: New AZ Abortion Clinic Regulations Released Today

Monday, January 27, 2014
New AZ Abortion Clinic Regulations Released Today
New rules require abortion clinics to comply with common sense safety standards


Physicians who perform surgical abortions must soon have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and any clinic that dispenses the abortion pill must do so in line with FDA protocol when new abortion clinic regulations take effect April 1.

The Department of Health Services released the new standards today. These requirements were passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Governor Jan Brewer as part of the 2012 Mother’s Health and Safety Act.

“Abortion providers have an abhorrent track record of putting mothers in harm’s way,” said Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy. “By passing these standards, Arizona’s leaders are working to protect the health and safety of mother’s from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.”

Abortion providers have approximately two months to comply with the rules. These standards require that:                     

  • The abortion pill must be dispensed in line with Federal Food and Drug Administration protocol, which requires the pill only be dispensed in the first seven weeks of a pregnancy. Currently, abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood ignore this protocol and distribute the abortion pill through nine weeks.
  • Doctors who perform surgical abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
  • Any time an ambulance is needed at an abortion clinic, the incident must be reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Signs must be posted in abortion clinics informing women that it is illegal for anyone to coerce them into having an abortion.

Four other states have passed similar legislation. Most recently, Texas passed similar requirements in 2013, which were then challenged by the abortion industry in Federal Court. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, denied a preliminary injunction, allowing these standards to take effect in Texas.

“It is clear that our elected officials don’t just have the ability, but the duty to stand up to the abortion industry,” said Herrod. “From the horror stories from inside the abortion clinic of convict Dr. Kermit Gosnell, to the undercover videos in Family Planning Associates’ late-term abortion clinic in Phoenix, abortion providers have shown little regard for the life of preborn children or their mothers. Women deserve better, and I am grateful that Arizona has leadership with the courage to stand up for life.”

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