Category Archives: Legislative Watch

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Needs YOU at the Capitol Tomorrow Morning!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, legislative committees in the House and the Senate will hear three bills that cut family planning funding to low-income Arizonans, restrict women’s access to abortion care, and force doctors to promote crisis pregnancy centers. We need Planned Parenthood supporters and/or patients who are willing to testify, and also people willing to be in the gallery wearing their pink T-shirts if you are not comfortable testifying. Can you be there? These committee hearings will be going on all morning until at least noon, so even if you can come for an hour, your support is needed and much appreciated!!

Below are short breakdowns of the bills, and the times and locations of the committee hearings. Please email for further information or to RSVP. We will provide you with the materials to be able to testify.

1.       House Bill 2838 bans abortions at 20 weeks or more, even if there is a lethal fetal anomaly. While supporters of this bill claim HB2838 will protect women and keep them safe, we know the real reason for this bill: to prevent women from accessing abortion care altogether and continue to take away our right to choose what is right for us and our own futures. This bill is being heard at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, at the House of Representatives.

2.       House Bill 2800 will have a devastating effect on women’s health care in Arizona.  This bill effectively prohibits Planned Parenthood from providing family planning services including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, and basic health care via AHCCCS and Title X.  Research has shown that 78 percent of Arizonans support public funding for family planning services. For every $1 the state invests in family planning programs for low-income women Arizona taxpayers save $4 in Medicaid costs associated with unintended pregnancies. Arizona can’t afford to lose this funding that our friends and neighbors rely on to plan their futures! This bill is being heard at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, at the House of Representatives.

3.       Senate Bill 1494 does not focus on the safety of women, or keep their best interests at heart. Instead of focusing on the real concerns of Arizonans — jobs and the economy — our lawmakers are pushing a bill that would force doctors to provide ideological misinformation to patients. Senate Bill 1494 would force doctors to tell a woman that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being and offer crisis pregnancy centers as a safe and credible alternative to abortion care. CPCs are unlicensed, unaccredited, and unregulated. In fact, numerous studies have shown that crisis pregnancy centers give women false, ideologically driven information. In the Waxman Report, a study commissioned by Congress, investigators found that 87 percent of crisis pregnancy centers contacted by investigators gave false or misleading information about abortion. This bill is being heard at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, at the Senate.

Funding Cuts Will Hurt Women Like Me

During the recent debates in Congress over federal funding for family planning services, Senator Jon Kyl told a bold faced lie when he claimed that abortion was 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. Senator Kyl was called out by the media and Democratic members of the Senate, because most people know what Planned Parenthood actually “does”: Breast exams. Pap smears. Birth control. Continue reading

Look Out Ladies: Anti-Woman Bills from the Arizona Legislature Are Coming Your Way!

For many people, the start of the New Year is marked by plans and vows to make life changes and start fresh. Some people go on diets , some give up nasty habits, and others reconcile differences with loved ones. Then there are those who set out to impose on the lives and health of millions of Arizonans, as is the case of for 61 of the 90 Arizona Legislators. This year’s legislative session was a deliberate, detrimental attack on women’s freedoms, women’s health and the intelligence of women to make decisions regarding their own bodies, their fate and their lives.

Through the nine anti-choice bills that were proposed by members of the House and Senate, opponents of Planned Parenthood sought to mandate regulations that try to eliminate abortion out of existence, stigmatize not only abortion, but the individuals who seek this type of medical care as well as harass the Planned Parenthood network including patients, staff, volunteers and supporters.

House Bill 2416 is one of the bills that try to eliminate abortion out of existence. It redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” It is clearly an unnecessary, extravagant, over-regulation that will result in more than half of Arizona’s miniscule population of abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Women who live in Arizona’s rural areas will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is currently the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. Because abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth week of pregnancy, this proposal aims to reduce abortion early in pregnancy which could result in more surgical abortion which is potentially riskier than by pill. Continue reading

ACT NOW – More Attacks on Planned Parenthood in Arizona

WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION on BOTH ITEMS below:
TAKE ACTION on SB1390
TAKE ACTION on HB2384

You wouldn’t believe what we’re seeing in the Arizona Legislature. Anti-choice legislators have launched one of the most shocking attacks on women’s health we’ve ever seen. Last Wednesday easily could have been dubbed “Anti-Woman Day” at the Arizona Legislature. Several anti-choice bills were voted on in two committees that day, including two resolution bills, HCR2034 and SCR1017, which have the singular purpose of singing the praises of deceptive Crisis Pregnancy Centers, as well as three of the other anti-woman bills we alerted you to last week, SB1246 (the bill that redefines taking a pill as a surgical abortion), HB2443 (Abortion; Sex and Race Selection; Prohibition) and SB1265 (Tax Credit Ban on Planned Parenthood). Despite all of your emails last week, all of these bills passed out of their committees.

Take a moment and view the hearings on these bills; you will be shocked! Our legislators hear the truth about how these bills will hurt women AND VOTE FOR THEM ANYWAY! They need to hear from you!  Continue reading

Anti-Choice Onslaught at the AZ Capitol this Week: Stand Up for Women NOW!

This Wednesday could easily be dubbed “Anti-Woman Day” at the Arizona Legislature. Several anti-choice bills will be voted on in two committees that day, and if the votes go anything like last Wednesday’s House Health Committee vote, women don’t stand a chance. We need YOUR help this week. Please TAKE ACTION on BOTH items to stand up for women in Arizona.

First, THANK YOU for taking action last week by emailing the House Health Committee about the two bills that were up for vote. HB2443 (Gender and Race Selection) did not receive a hearing that day, but stay tuned for movement on that bill again soon.

Unfortunately, with HB2416, ideology once again trumped science at the Legislature! In testimony, Planned Parenthood Medical Director, Dr. Taylor, took questions from the panel of legislators. One legislator, Peggy Judd, could not understand why handing a woman a pill was different from a surgical procedure, ignoring the medical common sense evidence that Dr. Taylor presented during the hearing to decide whether abortion-by-pill should be subject to the same clinic regulations as a surgical abortion. The committee ultimately decided….it should be.

The hearing was fraught with misinformation,  and debate was shut down before pro-choice legislators even had a chance to ask their questions.  Continue reading

ACTION ALERT: Second Anti-Choice Bill in House Committee TOMORROW!

ACT NOW: Tell the House Health Committee to VOTE NO on HB2443!

We apologize for the second action alert in a matter of hours, but we just found out that the House Health and Human Services Committee will be voting on a second anti-choice bill tomorrow, in addition to HB2416, which we alerted you to earlier today.  HB2443 will also be voted on TOMORROW, and we need you to email the committee members and encourage them to VOTE NO on this bill as well.

Here is some background information on this bill:
House Bill 2443 – Abortion; Sex; Race Selection; Prohibition
HB2443 tries to create the impression that women and families are deciding to end pregnancies on the basis of race or gender.  Since there is scant – if any – evidence that such a problem exists, these bills are solely designed to further damage the reputations of women who choose abortion.

This bill will deny abortion care services to women who do not disclose the reason for choosing to terminate a pregnancy   If implemented, this bill will negatively impact medical privacy and provider/patient relationships by requiring a woman to explain why she has elected to terminate her pregnancy and by forcing her to sign an affidavit stating that the abortion is not for sex or race selection.

HB2443 is an insult to all women, many of whom face difficult, emotionally overwhelming decisions for real reasons, not those imagined by proponents of this bill.

Click here to read more information and Planned Parenthood’s analysis of HB2443, and to send a letter opposing HB2443. Then help us spread the word by using the share buttons at the bottom of this post to alert your Facebook and Twitter networks.

TAKE ACTION: Anti-Choice Bill in House Committee TOMORROW!

Tell the House Health Committee: VOTE NO on HB2416!

HB2416 will be voted on in the House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday! The legislators on this committee need to hear from you TODAY!

They are going too far!  And they are not done. This bill will radically alter health care availability in Arizona.  Rural women will lose access to abortion entirely, as this bill will effectively ban abortion-by-pill, which is the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson.  And, amazingly, this proposal aims to stop abortion early in pregnancy, since abortion-by-pill is used by women in the 6th to the 9th week of pregnancy.

Click here to read more information and Planned Parenthood’s analysis of HB2416, and take action by sending a letter to the House Health and Human Services Committee. Then use our share buttons at the bottom of this post to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.