Arizona abortion law changes impact Planned ParenthoodPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Big changes for planned parenthood. From how service is provided to where it's provided, patients found several differences in state offices Monday.
The changes stem from a law signed in 2009.
Planned Parenthood Arizona Director Brian Howard has made a career of giving women choices.
Monday, he announced a choice the organization felt it had to make.
It will not ask the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider changes made to how they provide abortions.
"We're a health care provider. We're not a law firm. So, for right now, we're going to focus on recruiting the physicians state law says now says must provide this care," said Howard.
State law says as of Monday, health care professionals can deny birth control or emergency contraceptives based on their personal beliefs.
Patients choosing to have an abortion must listen to a specific script of abortion information 24 hours before the procedure.
Nurse Practitioners are banned from providing early surgical abortions, and consent forms for minors getting an abortion must be notarized by a bank or business.
Planned Parenthood calls the new rules barriers, but at Crisis Pregnancy centers of Phoenix, staff say the new rules can only help women making choices.
"If she's really gone through the decision making process with a lot of good information and had 24-hours to think about and knows she's able to ask all of her questions of the physician himself," said Joann Everitt.
Founder Joann Everitt feels the rules make for a healthier outcome during what can be an emotional time.
In Tucson, there's still one planned parenthood clinic that will continue offering abortions to qualifying women.