YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - On Friday, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals granted Planned Parenthood Arizona's request to allow abortion care to resume.
Straightaway, through a press release, this comes after the Pima County Superior Court's September 23 ruling that lifted an injunction on the state's nearly 150-year-old abortion ban.
Planned Parenthood Arizona's response
“While today’s ruling brings temporary respite to Arizonans, the ongoing threat of this extreme, near-total abortion ban that has no regard for the health care of those across the state, including survivors of rape or incest remains very real,” said Brittany Fonteno, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona.
“For over 100 days, Arizonans have experienced pure chaos and confusion and it has been traumatic for our physicians and staff who have been forced to notify patients that they can no longer care for them. The court’s decision to issue a stay while the legal process continues to unfold will allow Planned Parenthood Arizona to resume abortion care services. Planned Parenthood Arizona remains committed to defending reproductive freedom for all and continuing this fight until this 150-year-old law is off the books for good.”
Planned Parenthood Federation of America's response
“Today’s decision provides a desperately needed sense of security for both our patients and providers,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“We can now breathe a sigh of relief and serve patients. While the fight isn’t over, for now, Arizonans will once again be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, health care decisions, and futures.”
What this means
All in all, Planned Parenthood Arizona remains committed to protecting abortion access and other essential sexual and reproductive health care services.
Furthermore, Planned Parenthood Arizona's doors remain open and will continue the fight for their patients.