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In 2012, the Abortion Access Network of Arizona helped over 1000 women access safe, legal abortion. AANA is an all-volunteer organization that raises money for abortion and emergency contraception.
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In 2012, the Abortion Access Network of Arizona helped over 1000 women access safe, legal abortion. AANA is an all-volunteer organization that raises money for abortion and emergency contraception.

Keep up with AANA on Facebook and Twitter for local events, politics, and volunteer training sessions!

Jan 13 '14
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Arizona cannot enforce its ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning.

The justice rejected a bid by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to review an appellate court ruling concluding the 2012 law is likely unconstitutional. The justices gave no reason for their decision in their brief order.

The Arizona law made it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman who is beyond the 19th week of pregnancy. The only exceptions are when necessary to prevent a woman’s death or “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

Last year, however, the 9th Circuit said the law is not enforceable. The judges said Supreme Court precedents have made it clear that women have an absolute right to terminate a pregnancy at any time prior to viability, something that does not occur until around the 23rd or 24th week.

Montgomery, however, contended Arizona lawmakers have a legitimate interest in stepping in.

He cited testimony — disputed by some — that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Montgomery also said the procedure has an increased risk to the mother after that point.

Appellate Judge Marsh Berzon, writing for the 9th Circuit, said all that is legally irrelevant.

"A woman has a constitutional right to choose to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable," she wrote. "A prohibition on the exercise of that right is per se unconstitutional."

In a concurring opinion, Judge Andrew Kleinfeld brushed aside the measure’s stated interest in protecting a woman’s health as a reason to keep her from getting an abortion at or after 20 weeks.

"People are free to do many things to their health, such as surgery to improve their quality of life but unnecessary to preserve life," Kleinfeld wrote. "There appears to be no authority for making an exception to this general liberty regarding one’s own health for abortion."

The ruling was cheered by Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented several Arizona doctors who had challenged the law. She said the high court, by its action, affirmed the 9th Circuit’s “sound decision that Arizona’s abortion ban is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing precedent.”

She also noted that the ruling likely had broader implications, as lawmakers in several other states have approved similar measures.

"Women should not be forced to run to court, year after year, in state after state, to protect their constitutional rights and access to critical health care," Northup said in a prepared statement.

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The Arizona Daily Star, "Arizona Cannot Enforce Abortion Ban, Supreme Court Rules" (via inothernews)

I hope this trend continues in other states with the ban.

Jun 5 '13

AZ ABORTION CLINIC TO FACE PROTESTS TOMORROW, JUNE 6

prochoicegeneration:

Hey if you could please spread the word, this is really important!!

A new “undercover” video of an abortion clinic in Phoenix has just gone viral and is currently receiving massive criticism in the state. It is likely that if we don’t act now there will be a massive legislative backlash against abortion in Arizona. (as if it’s not bad enough already!!)

The groups Live Action and Center for Arizona Policy are planning a rally outside of the clinic tomorrow as noon and if you can meet there to counter-protest and show your support for the continuing access to abortion in Arizona PLEASE do so. This is important.

And if anyone has any information about plans already in the works please share!!!

Here is a link to the article:
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/06/02/clinic-that-wont-revive-baby-born-alive-after-failed-abortion-to-face-protests/

And here is a link to my original post so your followers can signal boost!!
http://vagina-wizard-maleficent.tumblr.com/post/52264298346/az-abortion-clinic-to-face-protests-tomorrow-june-6

I don’t know how I feel about counter-protests. It seems like it would just create more chaos and stress for staff and for patients trying to get to their appointments. Is there some other way to show support for staff and patients? Maybe through donations, clinic escorting, etc.?

Aug 1 '12
Jul 1 '12
rudimentree:

aforaffort:

nonplussedbyreligion:

I went to UniteWomen.org and clicked on the link for my state.  It took me to the group’s Arizona facebook page and it was there to my horror that I found this list of bills against women created in Arizona:
Arizona
HB 2800 - No Public Funding for Family Planning:  This bill outlines the priority for distribution of public funds for family planning services and specifies that the state or any political subdivision may not contract with any person or facility that performs nonfederally qualified abortions.  It would disquality Planned Parenthood from providing services to AHCCCS and Title X patients, leaving those without insurance and in the minority communities without access to affordable health care/reproductive health care services.  Passed 
HB 2625 - Religious Objections Bill:   This bill states that a religiously affiliated employer can opt out of insurance coverage for contraceptives.  An employee wishing to be reimbursed for related expenses could be required to submit a claim to the employer along with evidence that the prescription is not for the purpose covered under the employer’s objection.  Republican Rep. Terri Proud wants to make a law that would force women to witness an abortion before having an abortion. Passed 
SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Brith: The Arizona state Senate passed a bill that establishes that a person is not liable for damages in any civil action on a claims that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, specified individuals would not or should not have been born.  It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. Passed 
SB 1494 - Abortion/Personhood:  Defines ‘human being’ to include all ages from conception to full gestation.  Expands  ’informed consent’ criteria, and disclosure of possible medical riskes.  It also requires physicians to provide contact information for a Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Due to the expanded definition of ‘human being’, some forms of oral contraception and in vitro fertilization could no longer be prescribed/taken or performed. Tabled 
SB 2036 - 20 Week Abortion Ban:  Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks except in a medical emergency with no exception for health or fetal anomaly.  Physicians will face criminal and civil penalties as well as unprofessional conduct sanctions and loss of license.  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress.  Passed 
SB 1009 - Promote Childbirth/Adoption in Schools:    Prohibits school districts and charter schools from promoting elective abortion over childbirth and adoption.  Requires the State Board of Education to develop a handbook to promote existing curriculum frameworks and encourage school districts to recognize the moral, civic and ethical values within educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical prinicples in students K -12 .  Schools will provide instruction that may be contrary to the values of the families of Arizona’s children. Passed 
HR 3541 - Pre-Natal Nondiscrimination Act:  This bill  would allow a male partner or an underage woman’s parents to file an injunction that would force a woman to remain pregnant by charging her with being motivated to abort by the fetus’s race or sex, regardless of whether that’s what actually motivated the woman.  Tabled 
SB1365 - Religious Expression Protectin:   Prohibits the government from suspending or revoking a person’s professional license for declining to provide a service because of a religious objection.  As approved, the proposal also precludes government from denying a person an appointment to a public office because of his or her exercise of religion.  Additionally, the bill says it’s not unprofessional conduct to make business decisions — including employment decisions unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law — that adhere to “sincerely held religious beliefs.” - Passed Senate, pending House
HB 2416 - Redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” This extravagant over-regulation will result in more than half of Arizona’s current abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. This proposal aims to reduce  abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth  week of pregnancy. Passed 
HB 2384 - This bill excludes Planned Parenthood from eligibility as a qualifying organization for The Working Poor Tax Credit. It excludes organizations that serve the working poor from qualifying under the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations if they provide or refer for abortion care and prohibits public money from being spent on abortion care training which is already prohibited in Arizona.  Passed  
HB 2443 – By banning race and gender selection abortion, this bill tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on those bases. Since there absolutely no evidence that this is occurring, this bill is solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion.  Passed 
HB 1169 (Strike-Everything Amendment) – Prohibits the Arizona Board of Nursing from determining whether abortion care is within the scope of practice of a highly trained nurse practitioner.  Passed 
SB 1030 (Strike-Everything Amendment) - Prohibits physician’s assistants from providing abortion-by-pill.  Passed 
I knew most of them had passed, but there were a few I didn’t even know about.  Shit.

 It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. 
Passed 
  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress. 
Passed.
Actively harming and murdering pregnant people. 
I had to stop reading after that because of reasons. I am reblogging this so I can come back to it later.
Inform yourselves.

if you become pregnant in arizona, your life is forfeit

rudimentree:

aforaffort:

nonplussedbyreligion:

I went to UniteWomen.org and clicked on the link for my state.  It took me to the group’s Arizona facebook page and it was there to my horror that I found this list of bills against women created in Arizona:

Arizona

  • HB 2800 - No Public Funding for Family Planning:  This bill outlines the priority for distribution of public funds for family planning services and specifies that the state or any political subdivision may not contract with any person or facility that performs nonfederally qualified abortions.  It would disquality Planned Parenthood from providing services to AHCCCS and Title X patients, leaving those without insurance and in the minority communities without access to affordable health care/reproductive health care services.  Passed 
  • HB 2625 - Religious Objections Bill:   This bill states that a religiously affiliated employer can opt out of insurance coverage for contraceptives.  An employee wishing to be reimbursed for related expenses could be required to submit a claim to the employer along with evidence that the prescription is not for the purpose covered under the employer’s objection.  Republican Rep. Terri Proud wants to make a law that would force women to witness an abortion before having an abortion. Passed 
  • SB 1359 - Wrongful Life/Brith: The Arizona state Senate passed a bill that establishes that a person is not liable for damages in any civil action on a claims that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, specified individuals would not or should not have been born.  It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. Passed 
  • SB 1494 - Abortion/Personhood:  Defines ‘human being’ to include all ages from conception to full gestation.  Expands  ’informed consent’ criteria, and disclosure of possible medical riskes.  It also requires physicians to provide contact information for a Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Due to the expanded definition of ‘human being’, some forms of oral contraception and in vitro fertilization could no longer be prescribed/taken or performed. Tabled 
  • SB 2036 - 20 Week Abortion Ban:  Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks except in a medical emergency with no exception for health or fetal anomaly.  Physicians will face criminal and civil penalties as well as unprofessional conduct sanctions and loss of license.  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress.  Passed 
  • SB 1009 - Promote Childbirth/Adoption in Schools:    Prohibits school districts and charter schools from promoting elective abortion over childbirth and adoption.  Requires the State Board of Education to develop a handbook to promote existing curriculum frameworks and encourage school districts to recognize the moral, civic and ethical values within educational development programs for the general purpose of instilling character and ethical prinicples in students K -12 .  Schools will provide instruction that may be contrary to the values of the families of Arizona’s children. Passed 
  • HR 3541 - Pre-Natal Nondiscrimination Act:  This bill  would allow a male partner or an underage woman’s parents to file an injunction that would force a woman to remain pregnant by charging her with being motivated to abort by the fetus’s race or sex, regardless of whether that’s what actually motivated the woman.  Tabled 
  • SB1365 - Religious Expression Protectin:   Prohibits the government from suspending or revoking a person’s professional license for declining to provide a service because of a religious objection.  As approved, the proposal also precludes government from denying a person an appointment to a public office because of his or her exercise of religion.  Additionally, the bill says it’s not unprofessional conduct to make business decisions — including employment decisions unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law — that adhere to “sincerely held religious beliefs.” - Passed Senate, pending House
  • HB 2416 - Redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” This extravagant over-regulation will result in more than half of Arizona’s current abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. This proposal aims to reduce  abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth  week of pregnancy. Passed 
  • HB 2384 - This bill excludes Planned Parenthood from eligibility as a qualifying organization for The Working Poor Tax Credit. It excludes organizations that serve the working poor from qualifying under the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations if they provide or refer for abortion care and prohibits public money from being spent on abortion care training which is already prohibited in Arizona.  Passed  
  • HB 2443 – By banning race and gender selection abortion, this bill tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on those bases. Since there absolutely no evidence that this is occurring, this bill is solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion.  Passed 
  • HB 1169 (Strike-Everything Amendment) – Prohibits the Arizona Board of Nursing from determining whether abortion care is within the scope of practice of a highly trained nurse practitioner.  Passed 
  • SB 1030 (Strike-Everything Amendment) - Prohibits physician’s assistants from providing abortion-by-pill.  Passed 

I knew most of them had passed, but there were a few I didn’t even know about.  Shit.

 It allows health care providers to omit informationn discovered during examination if the provider thinks the information may lead to the termination of pregnancy without fear of civil action against the provider. 

Passed 

  Women would be forced to carry non-viablie fetuses to term unless their lives are in immediate danger.  Women diagnosed with an illneess such as cancer could not receive chemotherapy/radiation allowing the disease to progress. 

Passed.


Actively harming and murdering pregnant people. 

I had to stop reading after that because of reasons. I am reblogging this so I can come back to it later.

Inform yourselves.

if you become pregnant in arizona, your life is forfeit

(Source: eyelovepi)

Jun 1 '12
"Instead, even as state legislators are finding new ways to interfere with a woman’s or couple’s decisions about baby-making, they are reducing the services upon which families depend. Arizona legislators have been particularly harsh. In 2009, Governor Brewer closed her state’s $1.6 billion budget gap partly by eliminating $155 million from the state’s Department of Economic Security—money that had gone toward early-education and therapy programs for the developmentally disabled. The following year, the legislature tried to ax the state’s $9 million Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income families, KidsCare. In 2011, state Senator Andy Biggs, who in campaign literature advertises himself as a pro-life Republican, proposed eliminating Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, altogether. That would have saved the state $2 billion but cost it $7.5 billion in federal matching funds.

“There have been a lot of impassioned speeches from my Republican colleagues about the significance of a child’s life regardless of their disability, and about the value of human life,” says Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat. “But when they do a budget, it doesn’t include the concern for human life they talk about all the time.” The Children’s Health Insurance Program remains but with enrollment frozen as of January 2010. In 2008, KidsCare covered close to 65,000 children; now it serves 14,000. The waiting list for the program has grown to more than 100,000."

from “The Pro-Life Paradox” at The American Prospect

It’s only a “paradox” because they self-identify by the blatantly false moniker “pro-life.”

(again, h/t to SS)

[NB: More people than just cis women need and want access to abortion care]

(via keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

By defunding therapy and education programs for kids with disabilities, you’re only creating more financial need down the line when they don’t develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible.

Just more proof that conservatives take the easiest, showiest “moral” stance possible by fetishizing the fetus while ripping away support systems for parents and children.

May 12 '12

Brewer signs controversial contraception bill into law - Arizona - Explorer News (Tucson)

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

http://explorernews.com/news/article_db40fee4-9bd1-11e1-b593-0019bb2963f4.html

The bill that is being mentioned here is HB 2625, which gives religiously-affiliated employers the OK to not provide contraception coverage for employees and employees have to submit a report as to why they’re taking contraception.  

I am not surprised at this point.  >_<  - Midori-fairy

Arizona’s really gunning for that Most Ass-Backwards State title these days.

May 5 '12

Arizona bans funding to Planned Parenthood in abortion fight - Reuters

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/05/us-usa-abortion-arizona-idUSBRE84402Y20120505

Yes, this just happened.  Jan Brewer signed on the ban of funding to Planned Parenthood in Arizona.  This is a really rough day today.

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

Apr 14 '12

Update on Forced Ultrasound Laws

rhrealitycheck:

Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion. When it passed its law, it joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Texas has the harshest forced ultrasound law currently in effect. As Andrea Grimes reported,

“Texas has the most extreme law that’s being enforced right now,” says the Center For Reproductive Rights’ Julie Rikelman, the lead attorney on the CRR’s lawsuit filed against the Texas legislation. Despite the sympathetic leanings of a federal district judge who initially ruled on the case, the suit has more or less been stalled by a vehemently anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied the CRR’s requested injunction against enforcement last month.  Now, that means that all aspects of the law—mandated ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and forced speech—are now in full force in Texas.

Oklahoma’s forced ultrasound bill, which was similar to TX’s, was struck down by a federal court recently.

North Carolina, which also has passed a harsh TX-style forced ultrasound bill, is unable to enforce their law pending a court decision.

Pennsylvania’s forced ultrasound bill is officially kaput, at least for this year.

And, as Robin Marty reports, Iowa:

What is the difference between a traffic light camera and a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound?  One is a violation of privacy, according to Iowa legislators.

Can you guess which?

The Iowa legislature is considering banning traffic cameras due to “privacy concerns.”  And those who are arguing for the ban are the same who think all women should be forced to undergo forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion.

These laws will affect all those with the ability to become pregnant.

Apr 12 '12
"The stipulation likely to be most widely felt is what experts are calling an effective shutdown of medication abortions. These nonsurgical abortions are usually performed within the first nine weeks of pregnancy, and account for between 17 and 20 percent of all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-rights advocacy group. While women often take the pills at clinics and in their homes, the bill now mandates that a medical provider must have hospital privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place. Many times clinics or homes are not within 30 miles of hospitals, and the distance prevents providers from other cities or even states from caring for women, says Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute. Another factor that could contribute to what Nash called a “shutdown” of medication abortions is that the law requires abortion pills to be administered using outdated protocols, confusing providers and obscuring proper use of the drugs."

Allison Yarrow at The Daily Beast on Arizona’s new super restrictive law.

The fucked up irony here is that in signing this law, Gov Brewer said: “This legislation is consistent with my strong track record of supporting common sense measures to protect the health of women and safeguard our most vulnerable population–the unborn.” Of course, that sentence is nonsense. And the truly vulnerable population are people in rural Arizona whose primary access to abortion care is now being cut off. 

[NB: More people than just cis women need and want access to abortion care.]

(via keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus)
Apr 12 '12
keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

My tweet to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in response to news that she signed into law Arizona’s ban on abortion after the 18-wk mark:

.@GovBrewer - citizens in your state will now have to carry dead and dying fetuses in their wombs for no reason except that you are callous.

I’m crying tears over this because all I can think of are people like my friend who never expect to get an abortion so late in their second trimester and yet find themselves in a situation that offer no real alternative. She told her story on my blog. It is, by far, the most popular post ever on my site. Everyday multiple people search out her story, probably because they are going through something similar and have so few places to turn for comfort, understanding, or acceptance. 
In total, since she posted it just over a year ago, her story has been read 10,000 times.
Shame on the state of Arizona. Shame on Governor Brewer.

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

My tweet to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in response to news that she signed into law Arizona’s ban on abortion after the 18-wk mark:

. - citizens in your state will now have to carry dead and dying fetuses in their wombs for no reason except that you are callous.

I’m crying tears over this because all I can think of are people like my friend who never expect to get an abortion so late in their second trimester and yet find themselves in a situation that offer no real alternative. She told her story on my blog. It is, by far, the most popular post ever on my site. Everyday multiple people search out her story, probably because they are going through something similar and have so few places to turn for comfort, understanding, or acceptance. 

In total, since she posted it just over a year ago, her story has been read 10,000 times.

Shame on the state of Arizona. Shame on Governor Brewer.

Apr 7 '12
motherjones:

cheatsheet:

thedailyfeed:

Thirty-two Arizona state legislators received hand-knit, googley-eyed stuffed uteruses from a pro-choice activist yesterday, the Arizona Republic reports.

Each uturus toy was stuffed into a clear plastic bag, along with a letter from Peggy Tinsley, who spearheaded the project, explaining why she opposes a bill that would limit birth control coverage in the state.
“Please treat the women in your life as the intelligent persons they are,” Tinsley wrote. “I have provided you with a uterus. Please leave ours alone.”


Actiknitting? 

Updating an earlier item.

motherjones:

cheatsheet:

thedailyfeed:

Thirty-two Arizona state legislators received hand-knit, googley-eyed stuffed uteruses from a pro-choice activist yesterday, the Arizona Republic reports.

Each uturus toy was stuffed into a clear plastic bag, along with a letter from Peggy Tinsley, who spearheaded the project, explaining why she opposes a bill that would limit birth control coverage in the state.

“Please treat the women in your life as the intelligent persons they are,” Tinsley wrote. “I have provided you with a uterus. Please leave ours alone.”

Actiknitting? 

Updating an earlier item.

Apr 7 '12