Win-Win for Women and Children

Arizona informed consent and parental notification leads to less abortions
CitizenLink 13 Oct 2011
A newly enacted Arizona law appears to be having an immediate — and dramatic — effect on the number of abortions performed statewide. The Abortion Consent Act, passed by the Legislature in 2009, took effect shortly after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled it constitutional in a 3-0 decision on Aug. 11. The law mandates that minors seeking abortions must provide a notarized parental signature; that women be provided with full, accurate information by a doctor in person at least 24 hours before the procedure takes place; that only doctors can perform surgical abortions; and that no medical professional can be forced to perform an abortion if doing so violates his or her religious or moral beliefs. The state reported Wednesday that only 729 abortions were performed statewide in September — about 30 percent less than in August.
…Planned Parenthood of Arizona successfully sued to block the law shortly after Gov. Jan Brewer signed it in July 2009. In overturning that decision, the appellate court justices wrote: “We hold that the statutes at issue would withstand federal constitutional scrutiny, and that the Arizona Constitution — to the extent it protects abortion rights at all — offers no greater protection than the federal constitution with respect to the regulations at issue in this case.” Shortly afterward, Planned Parenthood was forced to stop offering abortions in three cities.


5 comments for “Win-Win for Women and Children

  1. Sb
    14 October 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Bob, As usual the stats you quote are meaningless and misleading.

    To work out what if any effect this law will have you need to collect stats over at least a 12 month period and probably a 24 month period.

    Any statistician, worth his salt, will tell you that one measurement period is worthless.


  2. Bob
    16 October 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Which is what the article says

    But the principles adopted are win-win

    Why do you want to deny women the right to informed consent???

  3. Mark
    18 October 2011 at 10:26 am

    Whats next? display the names of the women publicly? that would surely reduce the numbers even further – have you ever thought that some women might be illiterate or to scared to reveal their details for reasons beyond your expertise or understanding? Is it possible those women getting consent are simply going the illegal dangerous path of abortion?

  4. Bob
    18 October 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Mark – you misunderstand informed consent

    When you give informed consent to have a knee operation or whatever, you are given the full facts including risks, alternatives, possible side-effects etc.

    Your name is not displayed publicly.

    But i’m sure you knew that.

  5. Sb
    18 October 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I don’t want to deny women informed consent!

    That not what I said in my comment. What I said is that it is far to early to claim that this legislation has had any effect which is what you are claiming!

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